Updated: Superior couple charged in arson fireA Superior man accused of setting a blaze to a Superior residence with a Molotov cocktail on Good Friday made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Thursday.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A man and woman from Superior who are accused of setting a blaze to a Superior residence with a Molotov cocktail on Good Friday made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Michael Garner Thompson, 26, faces felony charges for arson of building and possession of Molotov cocktails and two misdemeanor bail jumping charges.
Amy Maria Pionk, 29, faces felony counts of arson and possession of a Molotov cocktail, both as a party to a crime, and one misdemeanor count of bail jumping
According to the criminal complaint:
Thompson and Pionk set fire to the home so Pionk, whose ex-husband lived there, could get full custody of her children. When questioned by Detective William Braman, Thompson said they planned to set the fire, and as they were driving around smoking crack, they decided to do it. They made Molotov cocktails with empty beer bottles out of a bar garbage can and gasoline. They threw three of the cocktails through a basement window that they broke, lit a fourth one on fire and threw it inside. Then they fled the scene.
The fire at 1311 N. 23rd St. caused $20,000 damage, according to information from the Superior Fire Department. Firefighters rescued an approximately four-month old Beagle pup named Rush from the home. Although the animal spent Easter weekend at a veterinarian's office, he shows no ill effects from the fire.
Cash bail was set at $10,000 for Thompson and $2,000 for Pionk. Both are scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 10.