Woman accused of threatening to burn down home using gasoline

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 24, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Shelby Township woman is facing a 10-year felony charge after allegedly pouring gasoline onto a home and then threatening to burn it down after a domestic dispute Aug. 16.

At approximately 5:14 p.m. Aug. 16, a 49-year-old woman was arrested for attempted arson with intent to burn, a 10-year felony, after allegedly pouring gasoline onto the home and down its driveway on Leicester Court and threatening to burn it down after an argument.

Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler said that police recovered a lighter in the woman’s possession.

“The woman had a lighter in her possession that would be used to ignite the home,” said Schmittler.

Police said several residents in the area had witnessed the woman commit the act and called to report the incident to the department.

The mobile home that the woman was threatening to light on fire was occupied at the time of the incident, police said. Police said that no damage or fire occurred.

When police arrived, the woman reportedly was arrested by police officers without incident.

Schmittler said the Police Department is thankful that the quick actions of those who had seen the woman allegedly pouring the gas onto the home had potentially saved the home and those who were inside the home at the time of the incident.

“Witnesses promptly reported the event as it happened, preventing the incident from escalating to a tragic outcome. We are thankful to the witnesses that nobody was injured or property destroyed,” he said.