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Joel Brent Chapman

WHITESVILLE — A Whitesville man was charged with attempt to commit arson/arson fourth degree on July 20 after his mother said he entered her residence with a can of gasoline and threatened to burn down her home.

Joel Brent Chapman, 23, was arrested and charged after he returned to the scene and asked to surrender himself in relation to the incident, according to a criminal complaint prepared by Whitesville Police Chief Andrew White.

The complaint states that White arrived at the scene after the accused had left the home. The victim (mother of accused) stated that Chapman became agitated during an argument and started cursing at her and she stated that he punched several holes in the wall, damaging the victim’s ventilator, and screaming, “I will burn this (expletive) down!”

The victim stated that she is disabled and scared because she could not defend herself. She said after Chapman exited her residence, he threw an object through her car’s windshield and side window, breaking the glass.

According to the complaint, the victim called law enforcement after Chapman returned with a can of gas and placed it on the living room table.

As of CVN print deadline, Chapman was held at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 surety/cash bond and has one other case pending in Boone County Magistrate Court.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@ or at 304-307-2401.