CL Man Charged with Arson After Setting Fire to Arcade Game in Backyard

Brian Van Scoy, 24, was arrested and charged Monday with arson and several other offenses.


A Crystal Lake man has been charged with burning a large arcade game in his backyard.

Brian Van Scoy, 24, 1393 Parkridge Ct., was arrested on Monday and charged with one count each for arson, domestic battery, assault, aggravated assault, reckless conduct, criminal damage to property, interfering with reporting domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Crystal Lake Police Commander Derek Hyrkas. 

Police said at about 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, they were called the single family home at 1393 Parkridge Ct., where Van Scoy was allegedly burning a large arcade game in the backyard.

Once on the scene, officers learned Van Scoy had intentionally set fire to a number of other items at the home. The fire destroyed the items and a section of the wooden fence surrounding the backyard, Commander Hyrkas said in a press release issued Tuesday. 

When a 26-year-old male roommate announced his intentions to call the police, Van Scoy allegedly charged at and repeatedly hit the man. Both men, bleeding when police arrived, inflicted non-life threatening injuries upon each other, police said.

Van Scoy was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The roommate refused treatment. 

Crystal Lake Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire in the backyard. Van Scoy was arrested Monday after he was released from the hospital. 

Van Scoy also was wanted on a warrant through Kane County for a failure to appear in court on a possession of cannabis charge.

He is currently being held at the McHenry County Jail in Woodstock on a $40,000 bond for the Crystal Lake charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2012, at the McHenry County Courthouse, police said. 


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