Arson suspect carried from courtroom

Oct. 29, 2009 at 5:40 PM
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SCRANTON, Pa., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Authorities in Pennsylvania said a man who allegedly set fire to his own van intentionally hit his head on a courtroom door and threw himself on the floor.

John Walton, 58, of Scranton, who was arrested Tuesday, hit his head on the door to District Judge Diana Malast's courtroom and threw himself on the floor after he was charged with four counts of arson, The (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) Times Leader reported Wednesday.

Walton was carried out of the courtroom in shackles and taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Police said Walton took his Ford van to Coccia Ford Lincoln Mercury, where he purchased the vehicle, to complain about transmission troubles. He took an employee for a ride in the van to listen to the engine and allegedly threatened the employee for saying he couldn't hear any problems.

Walton ordered the employee out of his van then allegedly set fire to the vehicle outside of the dealership's showroom.

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