Having to deal with some type of conflict on a regular basis is a normal situation for many people in Virginia and across the country. These disputes are often settled verbally. When altercations turn physical, those involved may find themselves facing a criminal charge. One man was recently arrested and charged after allegedly setting a fire and assaulting a woman and her child.
Police said that the man was arguing with the woman in her apartment when he allegedly attempted to physically assault her. During this time, he reportedly set fire to a rug, which caused the apartment to fill with smoke. Authorities further stated that the man then pushed the woman's child toward the fire in a stroller before fleeing the area.
Reportedly, the woman was able to retrieve the child before the fire spread. Several hours later, the police found the man and took him into custody. They stated that he became physically aggressive with them once taken to an interview room. The man is being charged with several offenses, including felony arson, felony child endangerment, felony destruction of property, two counts of felony assault on law enforcement and misdemeanor assault and battery.
Whether or not a person is convicted of charges, they still have legal rights that must be protected. Securing the assistance of an experienced Virginia criminal defense attorney would likely benefit anyone facing a criminal charge. In addition to protecting a person's legal rights, an attorney could provide guidance and support as well as work to achieve the best possible outcome in court.
Source: wusa9.com, "Man charged with arson, child endangerment after pushing infant towards Va. fire," Marcel Warfield, Aug. 9, 2017