West Virginia State Police arrest man accused of trying to burn down his house

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West Virginia State Police arrested a man they said attempted to burn down his house.

Troopers said they responded to a suspicious person complaint Sunday night on East Myles Avenue in Pennsboro, in which they were advised that an unknown man was destroying his home.

Upon arrival, troopers said they made contact with the man, Joshua Bonner, 38, of Pennsboro, who told troopers he knocked the windows out of his home.  Troopers also said they could smell beer on Bonner’s breath.

Troopers said they took Bonner to his home and saw that the windows and a glass storm door were lying on the front of the dilapidated residence.

Troopers then walked to the front of the house, where they said they could smell gasoline coming from inside.  After being asked if he could also smell gasoline coming from the residence, Bonner told troopers, “Yes, I’m going to burn it down,” according to a criminal complaint.

Troopers said they then went around the home and found that the power meter had been destroyed.  Police said they also found an empty red gas can.

No other individuals were located in or around the residence, and Bonner stated he was by himself, according to troopers.  Police said Bonner told them after they left that he was still going to burn down the house.

Bonner is charged with attempted arson.

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