Police accuse Raleigh man of trying to burn house where he lives

From staff reportsJuly 10, 2014 

— Police reported that a Raleigh man tried to burn down a Renfrow Road house Thursday morning where he lives with two young cousins and several other people.

Arrest warrants for Donald Thomas Curtis, 31, said he had poured lighter fluid on the kitchen floor of 2505 Renfrow Road and onto a porch and tried unsuccessfully to used a lighter to get it to burn.

The warrants also said that Curtis had pointed an AK-47 assault rifle at one of his young cousins.

Both cousins, police wrote, were under 16 years old.

Police charged Curtis with attempted first-degree arson, two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun at someone.

The warrants said five people were in the 900-square-foot house when the incident happened.

Curtis was arrested at the house at about 1:45 a.m., and he was being held on $100,000 bail. He is expected to make a first appearance in court later Thursday.

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