Neighbor recounts fire police say was intentionally set by victim’s ex
CHENEY, Wash. — A man told police he lay in wait outside of his ex-girlfriend’s home before setting it on fire because he was upset they had broken up court documents say.
David Weimer was arrested on Tuesday and charged with arson and attempted murder. The victim was not injured by the fire.
Weimer and the victim had been dating for a year before they broke up about six weeks ago, according to the victim.
She told police that Weimer had messaged her about his feelings for her and his emotional state following their breakup. He called, texted and Facebook messaged her so frequently, the woman said she had blocked Weimer on those applications.
Court documents say his tone changed upon finding out the victim was planning a trip to Maui with someone she had dated before her relationship with Weimer.
On May 6, the day of the fire, Weimer sent the victim at least 22 emails. Some messages said that she would not be going to Maui with the friend, another ended with “goodbye, good night, good riddance.”
The woman told police she was afraid for her safety. She blocked his email and left work at about 4:00pm that afternoon.
Weimer would later tell police that he took an Uber to the woman’s home that evening, and drank whiskey and smoked outside of her house. The brands of cigarettes and whiskey he uses were found on the scene.
Weimer said he later got gasoline from the shed and poured it near the front and rear doors of the home before using matched to set it on fire.
He told police he hid in a field nearby and watched as the woman screamed for help and fire crew arrived to help put out the fire.
He said he kept a tree branch in his pocket and planned to tell police it was a gun if they found him in the field, with the goal that they would shoot him.
The victim knew quickly who was responsible- as did her neighbor, Linda.
Linda did not want to give her full name or appear ion camera but she shared her story with KXLY on Wednesday. She refers to herself as a ‘nosy neighbor,” in the sense that she keeps an eye on what goes on around the neighborhood.
Linda was home with her son on Monday night. She said that, at last check, the lights in the victim’s home next door were still on.
But the victim later told her she had shut the lights off and was watching television.
“She said ‘nope I turned them off and was watching tv’ and she said ‘that’s when he struck,'” Linda said.
Her son was the first to notice the victim’s cries for help, and he told Linda what was going on. He grabbed their hose and went to help put out the flames burning in the back of the home next door.
“When I walked through my yard, there was flames it burned, you know, it’s dry under there so the gas had flowed down and then caught something,” Linda said.
Linda said she as met David Weimer, but doesn’t know him. She said she did know the victim and Weimer had issues and she overheard talk of the threatening messages.
‘I heard her tell the sheriff that it started at 5:00 am that morning. He sent her emails, he was sending her text messages and she had it all. She kept it,” Linda said.
Weimer’s bond was set at $500,000 in court on Wednesday.
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