Man accused of setting home ablaze, waiting nearby with guns

December 19, 2019 GMT

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (AP) — A man is accused of setting fire to a Kentucky home filled with four people, including three children, and then lying in wait outside near several rifles, at least one of which was loaded.

Richard L. Brown, 49, was arrested at about 4 a.m. Sunday on charges including first-degree arson and possessing a handgun as a convicted felon, news outlets report.

The fire started in one of the Crestwood home’s upstairs bedrooms and eventually burned through the roof, Westport Assistant Fire Chief David Pendleton said. No occupants were injured.

Authorities called to the possible arson were told Brown had been acting erratic before the fire and might still be nearby. They used thermal imaging to spot him in bushes near the home, just a feet from one of the guns, Oldham County police Maj. Neil Johnson said.

He was spotted in a “vantage point to view all first responders, make advances to his weapons and maintain cover in an effort to elude capture,” his arrest report reads.

Brown fought with officers while being taken into custody, injuring one officer who required medical treatment, according to the arrest report.

Brown hadn’t disclosed a possible motive as of Tuesday, Johnson said. His arrest citation notes he was “highly intoxicated.” Online court records didn’t list an attorney for him as of Wednesday night.