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October 24, 2014, 6:23 am
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Police Catch Arson Suspect


A jealous boyfriend may be on the hook for an arson in the 200 block of East Houston Street in Clearlake Village.

 

The Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office says 31 year old Robert C. Dunham of the 7000 Block of Mechanicsburg Road was arrested for setting fire to a residence Sunday morning, using gasoline and then fled the scene. The home’s occupants say Dunham had threatened to burn down the house because his girlfriend – an occupant of the house – was dating another man.

 

The Illinois State Police caught up to Dunham on I-72 on the Western edge of Sangamon County as the suspect was allegedly headed to Griggsville in Pike County, but he fled from police and headed back toward Springfield. Eventually Dunham was apprehended at 2700 Prairie Crossing in Springfield.

 

Dunham is charged with Aggravated Arson and Residential Arson, with bond set at $100,000.

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