Church Police arrest man on arson, vandalism charges

Church Police arrest man on arson, vandalism charges (Image 1)

Church Hill Police Department officers arrested a man Tuesday on arson and vandalism charges, following an investigation into a Jan. 22 vehicle fire.

According to a CHPD news release, officers responded to an East Lane Street home just before 6 a.m. on Jan. 22. in reference to a domestic dispute.

When they arrived they made contact with Richard Lane, 58, who said he and his wife were arguing about his stepdaughter moving in with them.

Lane said his wife and stepdaughter left before police arrived and said his wife took $8,000 from their bedroom.

He reportedly asked officers how he could keep his wife and stepdaughter from coming back into the home and asked about changing the locks, and he was told he couldn’t keep them out.

Around 6:30 a.m., CHPD and Church Hill Fire Department were called to Lane’s home in reference to a vehicle fire.

The vehicle on fire, a black 2002 Honda Accord, belonged to Lane’s stepdaughter, and was parked in front of the home. The vehicle was towed and put into evidence because the fire was deemed suspicious.

A large rock was also found in the back of the vehicle.

According to CHPD, the fire was on the rear passenger side, with the rear passenger window busted out.

CHPD officers saw a blue kerosene can in the back of Lane’s truck parked in the road behind the Honda.

Lane told police around 8:30 a.m. that he knew nothing about the fire and was asleep during that time.

According to the release, Lane said if he wanted to do something, it would be much worse and then went on to say that he was not happy about his stepdaughter moving in.

Around 2 p.m. that same day, officers drove by Lane’s home and saw rocks similar to the one found in Honda beside the home.

The truck with the kerosene had also been moved into the front yard of the home.

Officers executed a search warrant at the East Lane Street home, where they seized the blue kerosene can, with only a small amount of liquid, from Lane’s truck. They also documented multiple landscaping rocks and the weight of the rocks.

A box of blue latex gloves and four lighters were seized from the home.

Lane was arrested and taken to the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday, where he later bonded out.

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