An alleged threat to commit property damage on Saturday rises to an attempted aggravated arson charge against a 34-year-old Atchison man. Delvin Debnam was arrested and taken to jail.
Debnam was arrested by Atchison Police officers after 7 p.m. Sept. 11 after they responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 1500 block of Commercial Street to investigate the report of a man who attempted several times to set a house on fire said Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson. It was there at the residence where police located Debnam. Before police arrived a 38-year-old female had left the residence, Wilson said, officers, located her several blocks away from the residence.
Wilson said police determined Debnam and the female resided together at the residence, and a disturbance had occurred prior to the call made to police. Wilson said it was during the disturbance when a suspect identified as Debnam threatened to burn down the house they resided in.
There was no fire at the house, Wilson said. Police arrested Debnam for a criminal threat. A formal felony complaint alleging attempted aggravated arson against Debnam is on file as of Thursday, Sept. 16 in Atchison County District Court.