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Seattle man arrested after alleged attempts to set fire to Entrata

June 9, 2018 GMT

A Seattle man was arrested Thursday after he reportedly tried to set fire to a property management software company in Lehi.

Andrew Sheridan, 36, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson, a second-degree felony.

Lehi police responded Thursday evening to reports of attempted arson outside the entrance of Entrada, at 4205 Chapel Ridge Road, according to police documents.

Surveillance video from the company shows a black vehicle with white letters and numbers parking near the entrance.

A man police suspect is Sheridan stepped out of the vehicle with a red gasoline can and walked to the Entrata building, police reported.

Sheridan poured the contents of the gas can on the side of the building and on the ground and the sidewalk. He lit a cigarette and threw the cigarette on the gasoline. The fluid did not ignite. Sheridan repeatedly tried to light a match and throw the match on the contents. The attempts also failed, police say.

Sheridan then returned to his car and drove away. Police received reports of the same black vehicle driving recklessly south to Juab County.

About an hour later around 6:30 p.m., Sheridan called Salt Lake City police and reportedly said he had a bomb and a dead body in his car. The Salt Lake City police alerted Juab County Sheriff’s Office, who took Sheridan into custody after he arrived at the Center Valley Medical Center in Nephi.

A Utah County bomb squad searched the vehicle and did not find a bomb or a body, said Lt. Todd Royce with the Utah Highway Patrol.

The black vehicle Sheridan drove to the Nephi hospital matched the vehicle that parked at Entrada, according to police documents.

Sometime earlier, police learned Sheridan had talked with an Entrata employee about a refund check and then called back later “very upset and aggressive about the check,” police documents stated.

Sheridan was booked into Juab County Jail and moved to Utah County Jail on Friday and held on a $50,000 cash-only bail.

Royce praised the Lehi and Department of Public Safety investigative teams who worked together on the case.

“Our goals are the same,” Royce said. “This is the way it should be done.”