WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The man accused of setting fire to a Warrensville Heights apartment building and holding police at bay Monday afternoon is being held on a $1 million bond.
The incident started when a couple were arguing in one of the apartments. Police say the man, identified as David Chislton, threatened to kill his girlfriend and her children, who were at school at the time.
Authorities said the standoff began after she ran for help, and Chislton eventually started a fire in his own apartment.
Officials said the building, part of Miles Landing Apartments on Caroline Drive, is a total loss. About a dozen families were displaced by the flames.
Chislton is charged with inducing panic, weapons under disability, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, arson and two counts of domestic violence. He'll be back in court April 13.
"It was a domestic violence dispute that escalated from there," said Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers.
This is not the first time Chislton's been in trouble for domestic violence and other criminal activity. Chislton was out on parole from the Lorain Correctional Facility since 2014. He served four years of a five year sentence stemming from an incident involving the mother of his daughter. Records we reviewed show Chislton pleaded guilty to domestic violence, along with intimidation of a crime victim or witness, as well as felonious assault.
There's more to Chislton's rap sheet, dating back over 20 years. Since 1995, Chislton has pleaded guilty to burglary, theft, and disrupting public service. As part of a plea deal, charges of kidnapping with a repeat violent offender were dropped. He's also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.