(KMOV.com) -- A News 4 Investigation uncovered the suspect named in the Percy fire, Derrick Twardoski, has a long criminal history.
During the last decade, Twardoski was repeatedly charged with behavior that demonstrated anger and recklessness, including fighting, disorderly conduct, resisting police, and driving at high speeds and without insurance.
According to his emotional ex-girlfriend Brandi, who requested we only use her first name, Twardoski was a complicated man who fought anxiety and depression, but remained a loving father to their 5-year-old son.
She says he also started going to church, became a born-again christian, stopped drinking and had fewer emotional problems. But a few years ago he was in an car accident and suffered a severe head injury. After that, she says, he became more erratic.
Brandi says she talked with Twardoski within the last two months. At that time she learned he didn’t have a job, and had been drinking heavily. Despite that, she insists the man she knew was kind and loving.