APD: Man sets own house on fire; drug charge pending
An Anchorage man is facing an arson charge and a drug charge after police say he set two intentional fires in his own home Thursday morning.
The Anchorage Police Department was called to a structure fire in the 5800 block of Rocky Mountain Court around 10:30 to assist the Anchorage Fire Department in an investigation.
APD says the resident of the apartment, 45-year-old Goodman Patrick, was taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation but made a statement prior about being kidnapped and starting the fire to escape his captors.
An officer interviewed Patrick at the hospital, who then denied the kidnapping and stated the fire started in the breaker box. The investigation continued at the scene, and Patrick was again asked about what happened. That's when, police say, Patrick fessed up to having gotten into an argument with an acquaintance about money, then after that person left, Patrick was upset and decided to set both a back room and the living room couch on fire.
After being medically cleared, Patrick was taken to the Anchorage Jail on a first-degree arson charge. While he was undergoing booking, DOC employees found a baggie on Patrick that tested positive for meth, APD says. Subsequently, Patrick was also charged with misconduct involving a substance.
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