Man accused of threatening to burn house with 2 inside
MANDAN (AP) — A Mandan man is charged with reckless endangerment and terrorizing after he was accused of dousing a house with gasoline and threatening to burn it down with a woman and 1-year-old child inside.
Police went to the house Wednesday evening and arrested the 72-year-old man. Fire officials say any ignition source, including an electric furnace, could have started a fire, given the amount of gas in the house.
The Bismarck Tribune reports a court affidavit says the man planned to burn down the house, so that he wouldn’t have any freeloaders. The woman told police the man was intoxicated, went to a shed and retrieved a container of gas that he poured in the house.
No one was injured.