COLUMBIA — A 31-year-old man is suspected of lighting a fire in a bathroom in The Blue Note on Monday night.
Brendan William Orscheln of 4703 Bethel St. was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson and was held in the Boone County Jail on $250,000 bond.
Employees at the music venue told owner Richard King that Orscheln had mentioned Columbia's no-smoking ordinance and then went into the bathroom to smoke. King was in his office during the incident.
King does not estimate the damages to be too costly.
“We estimated that it wasn’t over $500 worth of damages,” King said. “... There wasn’t a whole lot that could burn.”
King also said the act was inexcusable and the he plans to legally ban Orscheln from the venue.
“It’s a very serious crime,” King said.
Orscheln was still in the Boone County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.