Man charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson for allegedly setting girlfriend’s house on fire

May 8, 2019

A man suspected of setting multiple fires at his girlfriend’s home while she was still inside has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson.

David E. Weimer, 55, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by Cheney police and U.S. Marshals Service deputies.

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies say Weimer arrived at about 11:30 p.m. Monday at his girlfriend’s home in the 16200 block of South Sherman Road, where he allegedly set four separate fires along the residence, including both doors and two different areas along the exterior walls, according to a news release.

The woman, who was sleeping at the time, said she awoke to a loud boom and “realized her residence was on fire,” the news release says. She originally could not exit due to the flames but was able to escape and call 911.

The woman told deputies she had recently broke up with Weimer, and that he had begun sending her threatening texts and emails.

A search of the area revealed evidence of “pre-planning,” Spokane County sheriff’s deputies said in the news release. They found new match cartons, butane fuel containers, cigarettes, a bottle of whiskey, soda bottles and two different gas containers.