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June 11, 2013

Man charged for setting ex-girlfriend’s home on fire

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Terrell Albert Bishop

A 35-year-old Detroit man was charged with arson and aggravated stalking after he was seen pouring liquid on a front porch and holding a bottle with flames coming from the top June 7, according to police.

Police arrived at a home on Sheffield, near 14 Mile and Stephenson, on a report of arson in progress and detected a strong smell of smoke and chemical smells coming from the front door, as well as smoke damage around the front door and inside the home.  The suspect, Terrell Albert Bishop, 35 and from Detroit, had already fled the scene, according to police.

The homeowner told officers that his daughter had previously reported to police that the suspect, her ex-boyfriend, had previously made arson threats. She had also filled a personal protection order against Bishop.

The father and daughter told police they saw Bishop pouring liquid from a bottle on the front porch of the home where the fire started and then saw him holding a bottle with fire coming from the top, according to reports.
When Bishop saw them, he dropped the bottle engulfed in flames and fled the area on foot, according to police.

The father told police that as the fire spread, his daughter and her child exited the rear of the home and he used a garden hose to put out the blaze. Fire investigators also arrived at the scene to investigate and ensure the fire was extinguished, Troy Sgt. Andy Breidenich said.
Troy police investigators worked through the evening of June 7 to find Bishop, and officers arrested him and took him into custody June 8 in Madison Heights.

Bishop was arraigned June 10 in 52-4 District Court on one count of second-degree arson, a 20-year felony, and one count of aggravated assault, a five-year felony.

He appeared in court without an attorney and requested that the court appoint him one. His bond was set at $150,000 cash. His preliminary exam was set for June 17.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.