|Man indicted for arson, assault after fight, setting fire to house|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 12 April 2013 09:30|
A local man faces five felonies for allegedly assaulting his wife and another man before setting fire to his own home near Risingsun.
Christopher Egbert, 33, of Kansas, was indicted by a Wood County grand jury April 3 for aggravated arson, a second-degree felony; arson, a fourth-degree felony; two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies; and possessing a weapon while under disability, a third-degree offense.
The charges all stem from Egbert's alleged actions on March 26.
According to Wood County Detective Sgt. Rod Smith, Egbert was involved in an altercation with his wife and assaulted another man who tried to intervene. The altercation occurred at a rural Bradner bar located on U.S. Route 6.
Smith said the altercation began inside Snuffy's Reloaded Bar and Grill, then moved outside and became physical. The officer said when two men attempted to intervene on her behalf, the one man was injured.
Smith said Egbert then left and allegedly set fire to his property.
When his wife returned home to the Sandusky County residence on the Seneca County line, the home was fully engulfed.
According to Risingsun Fire Chief Mike Cox, his department responded to the fire at the Egbert home. When firefighters arrived he confirmed the home was fully engulfed in flames.
"The home was a total loss," Cox said.
He placed damages at $238,000. Cox determined the loss based on the price the couple paid for the property roughly two years earlier according to the auditor's website.
Cox said he is awaiting a final report from the state fire marshal's office, however he is confident it was an arson fire.
Smith said Egbert was later found in a field on Greensburg Pike on March 26 and his truck located in a ditch along the road.
He was taken by air ambulance to Toledo for treatment.
As of Tuesday morning Egbert remained hospitalized at Toledo St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center with unspecified injuries.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest on the indictment.
The aggravated arson charge involves the house, while the other arson charge is related to a metal pole building/garage/barn at the same address. The felonious assault charges stem from his actions with his wife and the bystander, and the weapons charge relates to his being previously convicted of a felony in 1999 for burglary.
If convicted of all five charges and sent to the maximum allowed in each case consecutively, Egbert could be facing up to 30 years in prison.
His case has been assigned to Common Pleas Court Judge Reeve Kelsey.
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