DAYTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Investigators say it was a case of domestic violence that led to two houses being set on fire, two people being terorrized and a standoff with police that ended peacefully.
The man charged in the case, Donald Henson of Saco, appeared in court this afternoon. He's charged with aggravated attempted murder, arson and criminal threatening. His court appointed attorney says Henson suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq back in 2009.
According to police henson was served with a protection order and instead of abiding by it he set his home on Saco on fire, then followed his wife to her mother's home in Dayton which he also set on fire.
"We're very fortunate in this matter to avert a tragedy. A series of lucky events for us and the victims. The victims had enough thought to get away from the suspect, they were very fortunate to be able to do that", said Lt. Louis Nyiatray of the Maine State Police.
The prosecutor asked the judge to set bail at 100-thousand dollars cash. The judge set it much higher than that at 250-thousand dollars.
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