SCSO: Man arrested for setting ex-girlfriend’s home on fire
CHENEY, Wash. — A Spokane County man was arrested for arson and attempted murder for trying to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s home in Cheney, authorities said.
Authorities took 55-year-old David E. Weimer into custody in connection to the case on Tuesday.
According to a release from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the victim said she heard a loud boom while she was sleeping at her home. When she woke up, she realized her house was on fire. She told authorities she could not leave the house because all of the exit doors had been set on fire. She eventually escaped uninjured. Court documents state a neighbor heard the victim screaming and brought a hose over to help put out the fire.
Fire officials and Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene. The victim told investigators she recently broke up with Weimer and he had been sending her threatening messages ever since.
According to court documents, Weimer originally sent the victim messages professing his love for her. That tone changed when he discovered the victim was going on a trip with someone she previously dated. Documents state Weimer ended one of the emails with “Goodnight, goodbye and good riddence.”
Fire investigators determined there were four different locations on the home where the suspect started a fire; both entrance and exit doors, as well as two different areas along the exterior walls of the home.
You can’t tell from the street, but the doors of this home in the 16200 block of S. Sherman tell another story. The Sheriff’s Office says David Weimer set both doors on fire while his ex-girlfriend was inside. Hear from neighbors who helped put out the flames tonight on #KXLY. pic.twitter.com/00ntbsuRtx
— Caroline Rourke (@CarolineKXLY) May 8, 2019
SCSO said evidence was discovered which indicated the incident was planned. The evidence included new match cartons, butane fuel containers, cigarette butts, a bottle of whiskey, Coke bottles and two different gas containers. SCSO said the cigarettes and whiskey were brands reportedly preferred by Weimer.
Weimer was not located in an initial serach, but authorities took him into custody in Cheney on Tuesday afternoon. He was interviewed, then booked into the Spokane County Jail for first degree arson and first degree attempted murder.
Weimer made his first apperance in court Wednesday. In court Wednesday, the victim said she had previously called police about an incident, but no one showed up.
“I feel like police should be more proactive in domestic violence cases,” she said.
The victim said Weimer hid in the bushes while he watched her house catch on fire.
“This was a really surprising act of violence,” she said.
The victim also said she was concerned about him getting out on bond. Weimer’s bond was set at $500,000.
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