Youngstown arson suspect arrested in Michigan


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Detroit man wanted for a West Side arson more than two years ago is now behind bars.

Oliver Hargrove, 47, was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony. At his arraignment Wednesday in Youngstown Municipal Court, his bond was set at $50,000 and the judge ordered that he placed on electronically monitored house arrest if he posts bond.

A warrant for Hargrove’s arrest was issued Oct. 31, 2011, and he was arrested in Michigan on Tuesday, according to police.

Hargrove is accused of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s West Side house after an argument on Oct. 23, 2011.

According to a report from the incident, the woman called 911 just after 9 p.m. to report she came home and found the upstairs of her 804 Woodford Ave. house on fire. Firefighters said there was a strong odor of gasoline as they opened the front door.

The woman told firefighters she had been getting threatening text messages from Hargrove, her ex-boyfriend. She said he threatened to burn down her house and in a message sent at 7:29 p.m., he told her if she did not meet him at the house, he was going to burn it down, according to a fire report.

She told fire investigators that Hargrove used to live at the house and he got in through a back door. The report notes the woman’s computer was doused with gasoline and the entire house smelled of gasoline.

The report states the fire started in an upstairs bedroom and the ignition source was likely a mattress and pillow. Damage was estimated at $6,300 to the house and $1,800 to the contents.

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