Norwalk man faces multiple charges after allegedly setting vehicle on fire in Darien
Updated 1:09 pm, Thursday, September 22, 2011
A Norwalk man is facing several charges after police said he set a vehicle on fire and vandalized a mailbox.
Kevin Grant, 20, of Norwalk, was charged with third-degree arson, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree issuing a false statement Sept. 16. Police received a complaint Aug. 16 at 3:46 a.m. from a Shady Acres Road residence after a 2005 Dodge Caravan was set on fire, police said. When police and Darien Fire Department arrived, the vehicle was fully engulfed and windows and tires were exploding, police said.
The interior of the vehicle was completely destroyed, and the steering wheel and dashboard melted as a result of the fire. No other damage was done to the property, police said. However, at 7 a.m. police received another complaint from the residence because a mailbox had been vandalized. No other mailboxes in the area had suffered any damage, police said.
Grant told police he set the vehicle on fire because he believed one of the residents was stealing drugs from him, police said. However, police said Grant admitted he lied about the resident stealing drugs and instead retaliated because the resident turned down his offer of friendship. He also admitted to damaging the mailbox with a baseball bat, according to police. Grant told police he grabbed a gas can from the residence and dumped gasoline in the car before putting a can of WD-40 in the vehicle and setting it on fire, police said.
Grant posted a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.