An Alabama man was charged Friday with attempted residential arson after he allegedly spread gasoline over his East Peoria ex-girlfriend’s bed.
Aaron A. Hedstrom, 36, is being held in the Tazewell County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is charged with attempted arson, a Class 2 felony; criminal damage to property, a Class 4 felony; resisting a peace officer, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal trespass to a residence, a Class A misdemeanor.
East Peoria Police were called to the 100 block of Reutter Court Friday in regards to a domestic battery. The victim had gotten into a verbal argument with Hedstrom, her ex-boyfriend, earlier in the morning because he would not go with their children to register for school, court records stated.
Police heard an argument inside the home while talking outside with the victim. Police entered the home to find the victim’s father and Hedstrom involved in an argument. Police asked Hedstrom, seated on the couch, to put out his cigarette, and he cussed at them, refusing. The officer noticed a folding knife between Hedstrom’s feet and asked him to stand up and go outside. Again Hedstrom refused. The officer told him he was under arrest. When the officer tried to arrest him, Hedstrom started resisting, court records stated.
Another officer arrived and used pressure point holds to gain control. He continued to resist after being cuffed. Officers had to place a spit bag over his head and shackle his legs.
The victim told police that she allowed Hedstrom to stay at her home to visit with his children. The victim went to work and started to exchange texts with Hedstrom. The victim said he started to threaten her and she told him to leave her home. When she got home she found something had been burned on her sidewalk and porch. Hedstrom had allegedly been throwing ceramic pots at her car, records stated.
When the victim confronted Hedstrom about the burned items on the porch and sidewalk, he cussed at her and told her he’d “burn the whole house down.” The victim went into the house and noticed a strong smell of gasoline. One of the officers came in and found a gasoline can in the bedroom. The victim’s bed was soaked in gas.
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