Crime

First, he burned down his tent. Then he took a lit camp stove to a gas station

The man had a lit camping stove and nothing to lose as he paced near gas pumps in the Parkland area, according to charging papers.

Or, as the 43-year-old allegedly told his girlfriend, “I am going to blow you and this place up. I don’t give a (expletive),” the charging papers say.

They give this account of what happened early Saturday:

The woman went to a convenience store near 107th Street South and Pacific Avenue South to ask for help after the man she’d been dating for 10 months started acting strangely, and set the tent they were living in ablaze.

A sheriff’s deputy responded about 3 a.m. and found the man near the store’s gas pumps. He was carrying a lit stove connected to a propane canister.

The deputy heard the man threaten to blow up the woman. When the deputy said to put the stove down, the man profanely told the deputy he’d blow him up, too.

Next the man threw the stove at the deputy. When he missed, he threw the propane canister, which the deputy dodged.

At that point, the deputy tried to use a stun gun on the man. A police dog stepped in when that didn’t work. The man hit the dog with a bag, and struggled with deputies before he was arrested.

After deputies spoke with the woman, one went to check the tent. It had been destroyed, and in its place were 20-foot flames that threatened nearby homes.

Pierce County prosecutors charged the man Monday with second-degree arson, several counts of felony harassment, third-degree assault and resisting arrest.

He pleaded not guilty at arraignment, and former Superior Court Judge Katherine Stolz, filling in on a temporary basis, set bail at $500,000.

Court records did not list an attorney for the man.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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