Man Tries to Burn House Down with Family Still Inside
SAN ANGELO, TX — A man was arrested by the San Angelo Fire Department during the weekend after an arson investigation concluded at the 2600 block of Yale Ave.
It was recorded in a court document that the man, Michael Douglas Hagood, age 35, was arrested on March 3 around 9:00 p.m. after he tried to burn his home down while his wife was still inside.
Carl Berry, an Arson Investigator with the City of San Angelo Fire Marshall’s Office, was sent to investigate the crime scene and spoke to all those who were involved including the defendant after the Miranda advisement was given to him.
Two families were occupying the residence at the time of the incident Hagood and his wife, along with Zach Noel, his cousin, and his wife. The second couple has kids who live there with them, but they were not present at the time of the incident.
The document states the defendant and his wife had been in an ongoing verbal argument most of the afternoon the day of March 3.
That is when Michael Hagood got two cans of gasoline and a lighter and proceeded to tell his wife and cousins that he was going to burn the house down.
Noel, Hagood’s cousin, tried talking him out of the act several times but Hagood continued to warn Noel and his wife to collect their things because he was going to burn down the house.
Zach Noel witnessed Hagood pouring the cans of gasoline on the house and then he saw him attempt to ignite the lighter to place the flame to the gasoline to ignite the house. He tried to do this while he knew that his wife was still in the house, court documents state.
Thankfully, the lighter would not ignite a flame and Michael Hagood was arrested and charged with Arson of Building/Habit/Vehicle Reckless Cause Damage.