Man charged with trying to start fire at north St. Louis office building

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 21 at 9:15 PM

4200 block of Natural Bridge Ave St. Louis, MO 63115

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A man has been charged with trying to set a small fire that broke out at a business office in north St. Louis early Tuesday.

Richard Williamson, 31, was charged with second-degree attempted arson and armed criminal action.

Police said Williamson on June 16 walked up to the 21st Ward Community Office in the 4200 block of Natural Bridge around 4:35 a.m.

Police said he then poured gasoline into the building’s mail slot and tried to light the liquid before fleeing the scene.

Police said a suspect successfully started a fire at the same location on June 19, but authorities have yet to arrest anyone in that incident.

Williamson's bond was set at $50,000 cash-only.

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