Man set bathroom on fire after saying he’d blow the place up

A Des Moines man was arrested this week after authorities said he set fire to a bathroom in a business.According to court documents, security cameras caught Joseph Barrese Jr. went into the bathroom of Big Dog Billiards at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4. Police say he used lighter fluid and a flame to start a fire in the bathroom. The police report states Barrese exited the establishment about three minutes later. Four minutes after he left, staff noticed a haze in the bar. Big Dog Billiards staff then found the fire in a bathroom stall as well as the lighter fluid. “Flames were described as being three to four feet high on the wall moving toward the ceiling,” the police report stated. Barrese was identified by multiple witnesses and employees. “(Barrese) was also heard making comments about ‘blowing the place up’ approximately 20 minutes before the fire was discovered,” the police report stated. Cameras at a Casey’s show him stealing lighter fluid and getting matches. Barrese has been charged with first-degree arson as well as other offenses and is being held at the Polk County Jail.

A Des Moines man was arrested this week after authorities said he set fire to a bathroom in a business.

According to court documents, security cameras caught Joseph Barrese Jr. went into the bathroom of Big Dog Billiards at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 4. Police say he used lighter fluid and a flame to start a fire in the bathroom.

The police report states Barrese exited the establishment about three minutes later. Four minutes after he left, staff noticed a haze in the bar.

Big Dog Billiards staff then found the fire in a bathroom stall as well as the lighter fluid.

“Flames were described as being three to four feet high on the wall moving toward the ceiling,” the police report stated.

Barrese was identified by multiple witnesses and employees.

“(Barrese) was also heard making comments about ‘blowing the place up’ approximately 20 minutes before the fire was discovered,” the police report stated.

Cameras at a Casey’s show him stealing lighter fluid and getting matches.

Barrese has been charged with first-degree arson as well as other offenses and is being held at the Polk County Jail.

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