A man was indicted on felony charges on Friday in connection to a suspicious vehicle fire late last month.
A grand jury charged Douglas Slingluff, 42, with third-degree arson and criminal mischief, both of which can be punishable by up to five years in prison, according to the indictment.
The Sept. 27 fire was confined to the interior of a vehicle parked outside the Riverbend Apartments housing complex at 2800 Postal Way. No injuries were reported.
Charging documents indicate it was a result of a domestic dispute. Slingluff admitted to police that he placed a burning bag inside his wife’s car “to put some stink” in the car because he was angry about relationship issues, an affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Nick Polasky states.
Court records show that just two days before the fire, Slingluff requested and was granted a 20-day restraining order against his wife, Amber Griffin-Slingluff.
At that time, he told Special Magistrate James Curtain during a hearing that his wife hit him in the back of the head with a cell phone while driving, and that she had stabbed him in the past, as well as tried to throw him down the stairs and slammed his head into a glass picture.
Slingluff specified that he had been married to her for almost a year, but that he had recently moved out into a hotel room since they are breaking up.
He said her car had broken down, and when he picked her and her mother up, she hit him in the head with the cell phone on the drive home, Slingluff said.
Slingluff requested that she not be within 100 feet of him. The judge granted the request and scheduled a hearing for a long-term domestic violence protective order to be held Oct. 8.
But before that hearing was held, prosecutors say Slingluff purchased a Zippo and lighter fluid at a Breeze-In convenience store and placed the burning bag in the Subaru Legacy at about 8:30 p.m. when she was not home.
A neighbor saw the smoke and ran over to the apartment to notify someone who called 911, Fire Marshal Daniel Jager told the Empire at the time.
Capital City Fire & Rescue broke one of the car’s windows and extinguished the fire, which damaged the driver’s seat and the windows. Jager estimated damage at $4,000.
The grand jury issued the arson charge for allegedly damaging a motor vehicle by starting a fire while the vehicle was located on state or municipal land. The criminal mischief charge is for allegedly damaging the property of Amber Slingluff in an amount of $500 or more.
Slingluff is scheduled to be arraigned on the felony charges in Juneau Superior Court next Monday. As for the long-term protective order, a continuation of the hearing is slated to be held Oct. 25.
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