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Man accused of threatening neighbors with gas can, lit cigarette

January 16th, 2014 3:20 pm by Jeff Bobo

Man accused of threatening neighbors with gas can, lit cigarette

Michael “David” Wallen, 42

MOUNT CARMEL — A Mount Carmel man who allegedly threatened to burn his neighbors and their house with a gas can and a lit cigarette Wednesday night was charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication.

MCPD Chief Mike Campbell told the Times-News that the suspect, Michael “David” Wallen, 42, 403 Englewood Avenue, Mount Carmel, apparently became irate after his neighbor made a comment about his state of intoxication when he arrived home that evening.

Around 8:05 p.m. MCPD Lt. Kevin Ewing responded to 304 Hemlock Street, which is next door to Wallen’s residence, on a complaint of someone threatening to burn down his neighbor’s house.

Upon his arrival Ewing spoke with three victims.

“Adam Harless stated his neighbor, David Wallen, started yelling obscenities at him, and then came into his yard holding a gas can in one hand and a lit cigarette in the other hand,” Ewing stated in his report. “Harless stated Wallen was within five feet of the victims when he was making the threats. Harless stated Wallen was yelling he was going to ‘burn them’ and ‘burn down the house’.”

Ewing reportedly found Wallen on his back porch. Ewing said Wallen had a strong odor of alcohol and was “belligerent and uncooperative.”

Ewing added,” He was intoxicated to the point he was a danger to himself and to others. Wallen kept telling at the neighbors in my presence. Wallen would only say the neighbors had started the confrontation by yelling at him when he pulled into the driveway.”

As of Thursday afternoon Wallen remained held in the Hawkins County Jail with no bond set.

He is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday in Hawkins County General Sessions Court.

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