Police: Man threatened girlfriend, children with arson - WKRN News 2

Police: Man threatened girlfriend, children with arson

Posted: Updated: July 24, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
Kevin Daniel, 37, is charged with aggravated domestic assault and three counts of reckless endangerment. Kevin Daniel, 37, is charged with aggravated domestic assault and three counts of reckless endangerment.
COLUMBIA, Tenn. -

A Maury County man is behind bars Wednesday, accused of pouring gasoline in his home and threatening to set it on fire with his girlfriend and three children, ages 15, 15 and 10, inside.

Kevin Daniel is charged with aggravated domestic assault and three counts of reckless endangerment.

According to Columbia police, on Tuesday night, Daniel, 37, got into an argument with his girlfriend inside his Mockingbird Drive home.

During the argument, he grabbed a gas can and poured gasoline on the wall, door and floor of his living room, pulled out a lighter and stated, "I'll show you I own this house."

His girlfriend was able to wrestle the gas can away from Daniel, throw it in the yard and call 911.

Within minutes, the street was filled with fire and police, expecting the worst.

"If someone hadn't called 911, he would have, I believe, burned her up in there," neighbor Sonya Tomlin told Nashville's News 2, adding that Daniel told her they were fighting because his girlfriend has a new boyfriend.

According to the police report, responding officers found Daniel on the couch, smelling of alcohol and gasoline.

He is taken into custody without further incident.

Neighbors told Nashville's News 2 there is a recent history of violence between the couple.

"I was scared. That house is old.  [It] could set fire very easily. I'm very scared for the mother of the children over there," neighbor Tonya Davis said.

The initial reports were more volatile than the call actually turned out to be.

Firefighters said reports that Daniel had poured gas all over the house were exaggerated and the amount of gasoline was only about a small cup's worth.

Daniel remains in the Maury County jail on a $14,000 bond. He faces an August 21 court date.

Daniel was arrested earlier this month for disorderly conduct and DUI.

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