HARRODSBURG — City police charged a Harrodsburg man with arson and five counts of wanton endangerment after he allegedly set fire to his residence Sunday night and made threats.
Gregory Todd Vandivier, 46, of 157 Franks Court was arrested after Harrodsburg police and firefighters responded about 9:04 p.m. to his residence. Police said Vandivier refused to leave the residence despite the fact it was on fire.
Police were notified by two female witnesses, who had previously fled the residence, that Vandivier allegedly set the fire and had a knife. The women claimed they fled the residence after Vandivier made threats toward them.
Officer Granville Peyton went inside the burning house in an attempt to bring Vandivier out. However, Vandivier allegedly pulled away and threatened to stab the officer. Vandivier then reportedly raised his hand over his head, and the officer saw the knife. Peyton used his “electronic control device” to keep from being harmed, according to the police report.
Vandivier fled out the back of the residence but was apprehended by another Harrodsburg police officer. Police said Vandivier had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage.
He was taken to James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital where he was medically cleared before being taken to the Boyle County Detention Center.