Dexter man charged with 2 counts of arson
DEXTER, Mo. (KBSI) – A Dexter man faces two counts of arson in the first degree after the prosecuting attorney says he started a fire on June 11 in a Dexter apartment building.
Bradley Mitchell, 29, of Dexter is charged with two counts of arson in the first degree.
The first charge alleges that Mitchell started a fire on June 11 in a five unit apartment building located at #8 Truitt Street in Dexter. At the time of the fire four of the apartments were occupied by tenants that were in the building. There were no injuries reported. Damage to the building caused the tenants to evacuate. A tenant of one of the apartments told police he had not been staying at his apartment due to no electricity. However, he allowed a friend, Mitchell to stay there. The friend’s female roommate was Mitchell’s ex-girlfriend, according to the probable cause statement. Mitchell was aggravated after the friend told him he had to leave the property, according to the probable cause statement.
The second charge alleges that the Mitchell started a fire on June 13 in a home located at 315 S. Sassafras. At the time of that fire the homeowner was present in the home. After police talked with witnesses and viewed a neighbor’s doorbell camera video, Mitchell was brought in for questioning.
Mitchell admitted to using methamphetamine for pain management and told police he was going through a hard time, according to the probable cause statement.
Hon. Joe Satterfield issued a warrant for the defendant with no bond allowed. Mitchell is in custody.