Man attempts arson with roommate inside

August 12, 2009 6:16:49 AM PDT
A Fayetteville man is charged with trying to set his home on fire with his roommate inside. Cumberland County detectives arrested 47-year-old Franklin Capel Tuesday. They had been looking for him since August 7 -- days after he allegedly tried to set fire to the home.

Witnesses told detectives they saw Capel push pine straw against the house, douse it with gasoline and set fire to it.

Capel's roommate was inside the home at the time. Apparently the two had an argument earlier in the day.

The roommate was not injured and the home was not damaged.

Capel is charged two felonies -- attempted first-degree arson and burning of person property.

He is being held under a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on August 12.


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