Montgomery man charged with attempted murder, attempted arson

3 months 2 weeks 3 days ago Wednesday, July 31 2019 Jul 31, 2019 Wednesday, July 31, 2019 11:26:00 AM CDT July 31, 2019 in News
By: Steve Lambson, KOMU 8 News Content Manager

COLUMBIA - The Montgomery County Prosecutor filed charges against a man Sunday after deputies said he tried to set a home on fire.

David Apetz, 35, faces numerous charges including, attempted arson, kidnapping, attempted escape from confinement, trespassing and assault.

According to court documents, a woman called 911 on July 27 saying Apetz was trying to set her house on fire while she, her husband and her son were inside. The victim told deputies Apetz had come by the house a few days earlier but was told not to return.

Early in the morning of July 27, the woman said she heard banging on the door. When she looked outside, she said Apetz was piling boxes and other items against the front door, keeping anyone from opening it. She said Apetz then held a lighter in one hand and a rolled up paper towel in the other, making a kind of "wick to burn." The woman noted Apetz also had a gas can at his feet and a liquor bottle on the porch.

Court documents said the woman yelled at Apetz and said she was calling law enforcement, at which point he got into a truck and drove off.

Later that day, police in Warrenton detained Apetz, and Montgomery County deputies took him into their custody. The deputy who was driving Apetz said that while on I-70 near High Hill, Apetz tried to take his seat belt off. When the deputy tried to tighten the belt again, he said Apetz shifted his body so he trapped the deputy's hand between his stomach and leg. The deputy said this caused him to briefly lose control of the vehicle and nearly crash into a concrete barrier.

The deputy got control of the car again and said he had to hold tight to Apetz's belt the rest of the way to the Montgomery County Jail.

Apetz is being held without bond until a hearing on August 6. Prosecutor Nathan Carroz filed a motion Tuesday for Apetz to undergo a mental evaluation.

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