Report: Man admits to setting fire at Warren apartment complex

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Police said the man told officers his medications made him do it and he wanted to go to jail

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man is facing a felony charge after investigators say he admitted to setting his Warren apartment of fire.

It happened at the Campbell Apartments on W. Market Street around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

“The resident had called and indicatted he had set fire to his apartment,” said Warren fire chief Ken Nussle.

According to Warren Municipal Court records, 47-year-old Richard Heckman is now facing an aggravated arson charge, accused of using a lighter to ignite his mattress

A police report stated Heckman admitted to setting the fire, and told officers his medication made him do it.

“He intentionally set the fire so he intentionally put others at risk,” Nussle said.

Fire officials say they were able to put the fire out quickly and luckily no one was hurt.

“It’s part of the Riverbend Treatment Center. People are being treated for different emotional anxiety, bipolar, even substance abuse and so on. These individuals are in the residential portion of that,” Nussle said.

According to the police report, Heckman told officers he wanted to go to jail. He was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation.

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