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Family camping trip goes awry when man sets fire to camper

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

Man arrested and charged with arson

A Bowling Green man is in custody after he allegedly set fire to the camper that he and his girlfriend were going to use to go camping.
According to the probably cause statement filed with the Pike County Circuit court Clerk’s office, Frederick Hill, III, was arrested on Friday evening and charged with one count of arson in the second degree, domestic assault in the second degree, and tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree.
Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte told the Times on Monday that his deputies first received word of a 9-1-1 call at 10:12 p.m. When authorities arrived at the scene in rural Pike County on Highway Y near the community of Farmer, they found a camper fully engulfed in flames.
Per court documents, the first deputy on the scene found a black male subject sitting on the rear bumper of a van next to the camper. Authorities later identified the subject as Hill.
When authorities asked Hill what happened, he allegedly told them that he had set the camper on fire due to him and his girlfriend getting into a verbal disagreement.
According to the probably cause statement, Hill’s girlfriend told authorities that he struck her twice in the face with a closed fist. When authorities questioned the girlfriend, they were told that Hill also made death threats towards her.
In a later interview at the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Hill also allegedly admitted to shattering the windows of the van with a tire tool.
According to Korte, Hill remains in custody at the Pike County Jail as of press time and is currently being held on a $10,000 cash only bond.

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