WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - David Chislton, the suspect charged in the domestic violence incident that resulted in a SWAT situation and arson, appeared at Bedford Municipal Court on Thursday morning.
During the hearing, the judge continued Chislton's bond at $1 million. The case has been bound over to a grand jury.
Police say the incident took place on Monday afternoon at the Miles Landing apartment complex in Warrensville Heights. It started as a domestic incident when Chislton allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and her daughter. The girlfriend was able to run away. The SWAT team was then requested to the scene. The suspect started a fire in the apartment, which then quickly spread and damaged the entire building.
Chislton has been charged with inducing panic, weapons under disability, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, arson, and two counts of domestic violence on his girlfriend and her daughter. At an earlier court hearing, Chislton entered a not guilty plea. His bond was set at $1 million.
The fire destroyed the building. At least 16 families and 48 people were displaced from their home and sought shelter at the Warrensville Heights Civic Center with assistance from the American Red Cross.
Chislton's next court appearance will be on April 19 at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Courthouse.