Fight With Grandmother Ends in Arrest for Arson

MOUNDSVILLE – City resident Robert Wise faces a first degree arson charge for reportedly setting fire to his home at 1813 Second St. late Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Marshall County Magistrate Court on Friday afternoon, Wise, 25, allegedly shouted obscenities and disparaging remarks about the other occupants of the home as he ran from the burning structure.

Officers said Wise lived in the home with his grandmother and at least one other person. Police said the grandmother identified Wise as the person she believed started the blaze, adding she had been fighting with him for days.

When officers and firefighters arrived at the scene, they found no one inside the residence. The fire was confined to the side and rear of the home, which allowed members of the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department to extinguish it relatively quickly.

According to the complaint, she spoke with Wise’s grandmother, who identified him as the likely suspect. After looking for Wise for about one hour, she arrested him near the intersection of First Street and Mulberry Avenue.

Upon taking Wise to the police station for questioning, Wise allegedly confessed to starting the fire. However, he then said he put the fire out, claiming it must have somehow rekindled.

The home sustained only minor structural damage, but a police tape acknowledging it as a crime scene surrounded it Friday. Neighbors said they could routinely hear Wise and his grandmother arguing over the previous few days.

Wise remained in the Northern Regional Jail on $30,000 bond late Friday. Additional charges could be filed by the as the investigation continues.