Man arrested in connection with Apple Tree Court apartment fire

Monday, November 28, 2011 | 11:10 a.m. CST; updated 10:01 p.m. CST, Monday, November 28, 2011

COLUMBIA — A local man was arrested Monday in connection with the Sunday fire at an Apple Tree Court apartment.

Damon Lamont Poston Jr. was arrested on suspicion of arson, first degree burglary and felony theft. Columbia Police Department information officer Latisha Stroer said that the suspect implicated himself in all three crimes.

According to a police media release, Poston broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment, one of a fourplex at 230 Apple Tree Court. Poston started a fire in the bedroom that caused $10,000 worth of damage, according to earlier Missourian reporting. After leaving the apartment, Poston took the ex-girlfriend’s vehicle without her permission, according to the release.

The ex-girlfriend was not home at the time of the break-in, according to the release, but her brother was. The brother, along with 10 other residents of the fourplex, was evacuated without injury.

Poston was arrested in his home after a brief standoff with police officers, according to the release.

Stroer said the specifics of how Poston started the fire are still unknown. The names of the victim and her brother have not been released.

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