A 45-year-old North Platte man is facing multiple charges following a disturbance on Sunday morning.
At around 7:58 a.m., officers responded to an apartment in the 1200 block of East Fourth Street on the report of a disturbance.
Officers arrived and met with a 67-year-old female, who alleged that her ex-boyfriend, Wesley Stickelman, had just left the scene on foot.
The woman alleged that Stickelman, who doesn’t live at the residence, crawled through the window of the apartment and began to threaten her, then left.
A short time later, police say Stickelman returned, kicked in the door and told the victim he was going to “burn the place down.”
He then allegedly began pouring gasoline on the front of the apartment and down the steps. Investigator John Deal says Stickelman also poured gasoline on the victim’s vehicles. He says gas cans were found at the scene and the area smelled heavily of gasoline.
Authorities began to search for Stickelman and they eventually found him near Fourth and Tabor Streets, where they say he had a bag and was attempting to hide items behind a tree.
Stickelman was taken into custody, and officers found several large knives and a small box with matches and cotton in it.
According to Deal, Stickelman was charged with attempted 1st-degree arson, felony terroristic threats, domestic assault and burglary. Deal said Stickelman left several Tramadol pills at the scene and, as a result, he was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The North Platte Fire Department was called to the scene to dilute the gasoline.
No injuries were reported.