Man charged with arson

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 23, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa City police have arrested a local man for allegedly setting a coat on fire outside another person’s apartment door.

Cary Smith, 21, address unknown, was charged Feb. 20 with first-degree arson.

According to police, a woman who lived in one of the eight apartment units at 2404 Bartelt Road heard noises outside her door and saw light flickering outside the door frame.

Smith was allegedly seen running from the door after the victim looked out her peep hole.

The victim then reportedly opened a door to find a coat Smith had been wearing earlier in the day set on fire. She then used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames.

First-degree arson is a Class B felony generally punishable by a mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison.

— by Jordan Fries

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