Suspect charged after woman doused with gasoline in burning home near Sundre
Flames engulfed a rural home northwest of Sundre on Thursday night (photo: RCMP)
Published Saturday, January 9, 2016 2:28PM MST
Last Updated Saturday, January 9, 2016 2:29PM MST
A man from the Sundre area faces six criminal charges in connection with a Thursday evening house fire and the dousing of the homeowner with gasoline.
On Thursday evening, a home in the Bearberry area northwest of Sundre was engulfed in flames after gasoline was ignited by a wood burning stove. According to RCMP, the homeowner, a 45-year-old woman, was intentionally covered in gasoline by the suspect. The woman escaped unharmed and called 9-1-1 from a neighbour’s home,
Derek Littlejohn, 43, has been formally charged with:
- Arson causing damage to property
- Arson causing damage to property occupied by others
- Criminal negligence – reckless disregard for life
- Assault with weapon
- Forcible confinement
- Breach of probation
Littlejohn remains in RCMP custody and is scheduled to appear in Didsbury Provincial Court on Monday.