A Lebanon man is charged with setting his girlfriend’s bed on fire with a torch while she was still lying in it.
Randy Northrup, 38, of Lebanon, faces felony charges of first-degree arson and first-degree domestic assault following the July 2 house fire on Garfield Street. A warrant was issued on Aug. 27 for Northrup’s arrest. His bond has been set at $25,000 cash-or-surety, according to court records. At press time, Northrup was not in custody.
Just before 9 a.m. July 2, emergency services were called to the 200 block of Garfield Street to put out a house fire. A maintenance worker called the Lebanon Police Department, saying he had suspicions that the fire was set intentionally by Northrup, according to a probable cause statement filed by the LPD.
When police arrived, Northrup was in the backyard. He had a wound on his chest. He claimed he was cut by glass from a window while removing his dog from the residence. Northrup told the police that his girlfriend lived at the home, and he was there trying to help her remove items from the burning building, the court document says.
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