MPD: Man starts fire inside family member’s home

Rukeem M. Harrison
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)--- A Middleton man faces several charges after he broke into a family member’s home and started a fire on Wednesday night.

Joel Despain, a spokesperson with the Madison Police Department, said the man started the fire by placing clothes on the kitchen stove after he turned the burners on high.

Despain said prior to the arson, the victim left her Gammon Road apartment and went to a neighbor’s home to call 911 around 6:30 p.m. While she was making the call, the concerned neighbor went over the victim’s apartment and saw clothes burning. The neighbor successfully extinguished the flames.

Despain said there are several adults with disabilities who live in other apartments in the victim’s building. None were affected by the small fire.

Officers on scene determined the suspect also caused significant damage to his relative’s apartment: breaking or damaging dishes, glasses, electronics, and other items.

Despain said 20-year-old Rukeem M. Harrison was still on scene when officers arrived. He was taken into custody.

The victim said she had been having an argument with Harrison before the property damage. She kicked him out, locked the door and went to the neighbor’s apartment when he forced his way back into her home.

Harrison was arrested for arson, 2nd degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, burglary and trespassing.