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Man allegedly made arson attempt

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A Mitchell man is in custody after he allegedly doused a home's carpet with gasoline and threatened to set a fire and "take his son down with him."

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Rocky Clark, 219 E. Seventh Ave., Mitchell, was arrested Monday and booked into Davison County jail on charges of attempted first-degree arson.

Detective Lt. Don Everson said police responded to two 911 domestic disturbance calls Monday from Clark's live-in girlfriend. She was not identified.

Following the initial police call, Clark, 27, returned to his home shortly before 5:30 a.m. and entered the back door carrying a two-gallon can of gas. A report filed with the first Judicial Circuit Court Monday by Mitchell Patrol Officer Devin Alfson said Clark allegedly commented that "he was going to start a fire and take his son down with him." Court papers say Clark poured a gallon of gasoline on the home's dining room carpet.

Reports said Clark unsuccessfully "attempted numerous times to ignite a Bic lighter to start the fire." Others in the home prevented him from igniting the gas, Everson said

The residence is home to four adults and six children.

"Earlier in the morning, prior to this incident, we had been at this residence on a disturbance call following an altercation," said Everson.

Clark left after the first incident and returned with the gas can, Everson said.

"It appears that alcohol was a factor," said Everson.

First-degree arson is a Class 2 felony, punishable by up to 25 years in jail and a fine of $50,000.

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