Gatewood fire suspect John Siegel charged with arson, domestic violence

Just in from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office: Charges are now filed against 40-year-old John C. Siegel, the man arrested Tuesday night in connection with the fire that investigators say was set that morning at the Gatewood home he co-owns. The charges are 1st-degree arson/domestic violence and domestic violence/violation of a court order. Siegel remains in jail, awaiting arraignment on July 14th; he was arrested after being treated at Harborview Medical Center for a wrist injury that has been described as self-inflicted. Prosecutors have asked that his bail be set at $1 million. More after the jump:

Today’s charging documents contain the same information reported here on Wednesday – that Siegel was found outside the house while the fire burned, and said he had awakened to find the fire raging, though investigators say it was the type of fire that, if that were true, should have left him burned – but he wasn’t. They say it was set at the foot of a bed, with open flame held to combustible materials.

Requesting the million-dollar bail amount, prosecutors write, “The defendant poses a clear danger to the victim, the community, and to himself. The defendant’s suicide (attempt) is of particular concern, as it shows his level of desperation and makes it more likely that he will harm the victim.” The document then goes into the backstory surrounding the previous domestic-violence charges involving the victim and his ex-wife – mentioned in our original report on his Tuesday night arrest – as well as the harassment case resulting from his threat to kill a judge involved in a prior case involving them. Siegel had told police on Tuesday that he was homeless and that his ex-wife was allowing him to stay at the Gatewood home, for which they both are still listed on county records as co-owners.(Tuesday photo, courtesy Kathryn)

5 Replies to "Gatewood fire suspect John Siegel charged with arson, domestic violence"

  • csw July 1, 2011 (5:42 pm)

    Why was bail set? He’s a danger to everyone in this neighborhood, not to mention his family. Lock him up.

    • WSB July 1, 2011 (6:04 pm)

      He’s currently being held without bail – I just checked the register. While bail is set at $1 million in this case, there is also a “probation hold” on him from the previous domestic-violence case, and for that one, it’s “bail denied.” As we do with some other high-profile suspects, we’ll be keeping an eye on the register – TR

  • cj July 1, 2011 (6:12 pm)

    I’m glad no one else was hurt or that the neighbor’s house did not catch fire. The x needs to be told that she needs to leave him be also. That he has made all these threats before, even to a judge yet was still able to gain sympathy from her tells much of how this guy gets by. Sometimes you need to respect individuals for what they are.

  • Estd1973 July 1, 2011 (7:20 pm)

    There’s a lot of Gladys Kravitz Syndrome on this site.

  • Chris July 8, 2011 (11:18 am)

    I’m glad to hear he’s not out of jail! The neighbors house to the north DID catch on fire and it’s a good thing the wind wasn’t blowing AND that our fire department did such a great job. They were amazing. This is the second fire we’ve had in our neigborhood in the past couple of months and the performance of our fire department has really given me peace of mind. One of the neigbors saw the fire early on when she was coming back from walking her dog and she and another neighbor called the fire department right away. The fire department was there within five minutes and it was out in about 15 minutes. Still, the fire was huge and you can see from the pictures the flames and the giant black smoke cloud. This guy is obviously having some mental problems and needs to be incarcerated for his and OUR protection (and his family).

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