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James E. Peterson

A North Platte man was charged with arson Tuesday after he allegedly shot flames toward his girlfriend and child with an aerosol can and a lighter.

Police were called around 5:30 p.m. Monday about a possible arson at a home in the 2300 block of Rodeo Rd.

Police investigator John Deal said that James Peterson, 32, who lived there, attempted to start a fire while it was occupied by his girlfriend and child.

Peterson alluded to burning the house down with the others inside, then lit up a lighter and placed it against an inside doorway as well as an outside window, police were told.  

Deal said police found visible burn marks in the home, however, the fire was put out by the girlfriend and the fire department was never called.

Police were also told that Peterson took an aerosol can containing flammable material and sprayed it at the woman, who was holding the child, and lit the lighter, causing the aerosol to ignite.  

The woman was able to move away from the flames and no one was injured, Deal said.

Peterson left the home and was contacted Tuesday at the Lincoln Connection homeless shelter, where he was arrested.  

He is charged with arson, assault and child abuse – all felonies. His bond was set at $250,000.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/28/2014
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