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Man faces attempted arson charge

A man is behind bars for breaking into an RV in Farmington Township, attempting to assault the occupant and lighting her garbage on fire with a torch.

Darren D. Lindstrom, 43, was charged by Warren-based Pennsylvania State Police back on Aug. 30 but was not arrested until Wednesday when, according to District Judge Raymond Zydonik, he was apprehended in Erie.

The incident occurred on Aug. 30. Police were dispatched to 3574 Rhine Run Road for a report of burglary, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

An interview with the victim shortly after the incident occurred revealed that “Lindstrom was her caregiver and she terminated his employment approximately two days” earlier, per the affidavit, and told Lindstrom he “was not welcome at her residence….”

Lindstrom, the victim reported, arrived at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 “where he pulled/pried the latched and locked door open, gaining entry inside.

Lindstrom, according to the affidavit, “attempted to strike her with a large wooden handle, broke a metal box fan and lit her garbage inside her trash can on fire with a butane torch.”

She told police that Lindstrom told her “Don’t worry about 911, they won’t make it in time to save you,” the affidavit states. Lindstrom then left the residence.

“A canvass of the area looking for Lindstrom yielded negative results,” police said, “and it is unknown where he resides.”

Online court records indicate that Lindstrom faces charges of criminal attempt (arson — inhabited building or structure), burglary — overnight accommodations — person present — bodily injury crime, criminal trespass — break into structure, all felonies, as well as terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment, criminal mischief — damage property and disorderly conduct — engage in fighting.

He was arraigned and remanded to the Warren County Jail after he was unable to post $50,000 bail.

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