Grand jury to hear apt. arson case
Published 9:59 am Thursday, February 2, 2017
The man charged with setting the apartment building where he lived on fire waived his case to the grand jury.
Frank Faulkner Rayburn, 55, of 41 Buckner St. Apt. 4, was arrested for first-degree arson and first-degree wanton endangerment hours after the Jan. 13 fire.
According to court documents, Rayburn told police officers on the scene that he set the fire because other residents were allegedly stealing his property. One resident told police that Rayburn said, “I’m burning them out. I’m tired of them robbing me.”
Wednesday afternoon, Rayburn decided to send his case to the Clark County grand jury, rather than have a preliminary hearing in front of a judge. Rayburn remains in the Clark County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, according to the jail website.
In the arrest citation, officers said Rayburn admitted to spreading paper throughout his apartment and setting it on fire.
No one was injured in the fire.
Firefighters were notified shortly after 2 a.m. Jan. 13. When they arrived, there was already extensive fire at the rear of the four-apartment building on both floors. Fire investigators said the building was probably a total loss.