Man Arrested After Fire Threat

A Rathdrum man was arrested this weekend after dousing his house with gasoline and threatening to torch it with his wife still inside, police said.

No one was injured, police said, and no fire was started.

David Schrader, 39, was arrested Friday evening on charges of attempted first degree arson. He was released on his own recognizance Monday.

Rathdrum Police Chief Robert Moore said Schrader poured the fuel around the inside of his Canal Street home about 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Schrader’s son, in his early teens, was playing outside at the time. Schrader’s wife, whom authorities did not name, was in the house. She called police, then tackled Schrader.

“She told us she had to tackle him to keep him from catching the house on fire,” Moore said.

Schrader fled out the back door and into the woods behind the house. He hid in the trees on Rathdrum Mountain for several hours before police and Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies found him with the help of search dogs.

Police said they are still investigating the incident. , DataTimes

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