Everett man held on $250,000 bail for alleged arson at apartment house

  • Wed Feb 29th, 2012 8:13pm
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By Eric Stevick Herald Writer

EVERETT — An Everett man with mental health issues has been arrested for investigation of arson after allegedly starting a fire in a home divided into several living units.

A fire was intentionally set early Jan. 29 in the 1500 block of Cedar Street, according to police and fire department records.

The suspect, 25, is accused of cutting himself with a knife and opening a gas line that started a fire.

Firefighters quickly turned off the valve and were able to get the fire under control.

The man was found alone in his room behind a locked door at the time of the fire, according to court papers.

Another tenant checked on him because a fire alarm was sounding in his room.

The suspect allegedly told his neighbor that they were all going to burn.

There were four other people living in the home and all were asleep when the fire started.

The man had what were believed to be self-inflicted knife wounds to his wrists, throat and chest. Court papers described him as having suicidal tendencies.

He’d been taken to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett the day before on an involuntary mental health commitment but ran away before receiving assistance, according to court papers.

An Everett District Court judge set bail at $250,000 Wednesday. That was the recommendation of Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Katie Wetmore, who said the high bail was needed because the man poses a threat to himself and the community.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.