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Sirens & Gavels

‘Blinded by anger’ leads to arson charge

   A Spokane man, who said he was blinded by anger, remains in jail on a $20,000 bond after he admitted smashing out the windows of his ex-girlfriend’s car before he set it ablaze early Saturday morning.

   Matthew A. Radeck, 26, appeared Monday before Superior Court Judge Annette Plese on the charge of second-degree arson.

   The former girlfriend, who lives in apartment at 5317 S. Palouse Highway, said Radeck began texting her friend, Samuel Perez, and accusing him of sleeping with her.

   Several witnesses heard noises outside early Saturday. They went out to investigate and found the ex-girlfriend’s car windows broken out. Then about 1:31 a.m., the witnesses went out again and found the ex-girlfriend’s car engulfed in flames.

   Deputy Steven Paynter responded to the report of a vehicle fire and spoke with the girlfriend. She indicated that Radeck had just been at the apartment and was upset because he believed that she was involved with Perez.

   Paynter then found Radeck just a few blocks from his home at 623 E. 27th Avenue and took Radeck into custody. Deputy Paynter said he could “smell the distinct smell of fire coming for Radeck’s clothing.”

   Radeck waived his rights and admitted being angry at Perez and his ex-girlfriend because he thought they were dating.

   “Radeck admitted smashing the windows out with a rock, scratching ‘whore’ into the paint, and then returning a few minutes later to set the vehicle on fire,” Paynter wrote in court records. “Radeck stated that he did this because he was ‘blinded by anger.’”

Thomas Clouse
Thomas Clouse joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He s currently the deputy editor for the business section. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for the City Desk and covering federal, state and local courts for many years.

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