Bail Set For Apartment Arson Fire Suspect
FOLEY -- A St. Cloud man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly starting his ex-girlfriend's apartment unit on fire early Tuesday morning.
Twenty-six year-old Samuel Davis is charged with two counts of first-degree arson and one count of obstructing legal process.
According to the criminal complaint, Davis was asked to move out of the apartment because of his bizarre behavior and he didn't take the news very well.
The incident happened at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when St. Cloud Police were investigating an unrelated case in the parking lot of the 30-unit apartment complex at 1609 7th Street Southeast in St. Cloud. An officer saw a suspicious man run from the east side of the apartment building. When the officer attempted to stop the suspect, he resisted and tried to run.
After Davis was arrested, officers saw smoke coming from the building and found the ground level apartment unit on fire. The fire department was called in to extinguish the flames.
Records show investigators found a broken window in that apartment unit and an empty gas can outside on the patio. A gas cap and spout were also found inside Davis' car.
The building had an estimated $100,000 in damage. No one was in the apartment unit at the time of the fire, but the building had to be evacuated while fire crews extinguished the blaze.
Davis is being held in the Benton County Jail awaiting his next court appearance.