HOWARD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Cass County man is facing felony charges after police say he tried to trap two women in a bedroom and set the house on fire.
Around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, authorities responded to reports of a porch on fire at a home on Huntly Road in Howard Township, east of Niles, according to a news release from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
When firefighters arrived, they were confronted by a 39-year-old man who told them to leave. The confrontation gave the suspect’s girlfriend and another woman a chance to escape from the burning home with her five young children, the release said.
Witnesses told deputies that the suspect had tried to imprison the two women in a bedroom by nailing the door shut. They said he also threatened them with a knife.
Cass County deputies found evidence that the suspect had tried to set parts of the house on fire.
Authorities found the suspect on a nearby road and arrested him. He was lodged at the Cass County Jail on multiple felony charges. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.
The incident remains under investigation.