Man charged with arson in Cassville

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Davidson allegedly jumped electrical box at Harold Street home

A Cassville man is facing two felony charges after allegedly attempting to burn down a home in Cassville.

Mitchell Davidson, 36, of Cassville, is charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary relating to the incident.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Stuart Lombard, with the Cassville Police Department, in the early morning hours of July 4, Davidson allegedly used a key to enter the front door of a residence in the 1000 block of Harold Street, then knowingly jumped the electrical box before exiting the home.

A fire then began, which caused extensive damage to the residence due to the fire and smoke, according to a Cassville police press release, and was extinguished by the fire department. The incident was also investigated by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The release said Mitchell was booked into the Barry County jail on charges of harassment and an ex parte violation. In an interview the following day, he allegedly admitted to starting the fire.

Mitchell is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash only bond of $75,000. He has been arraigned, and a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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