Police: Man says he set fire to van because it was 'evil' - WSMV News 4

Police: Man says he set fire to van because it was 'evil'

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(Source: Smokey Barn News) (Source: Smokey Barn News)

Two people are now behind bars after police say they lit their own van on fire with gasoline and put it into gear in a KFC parking lot in Springfield.

Smokey Barn News reports that the two suspects are a married couple from Michigan who recently moved to Hermitage.

After setting the van on fire, police said the suspects fled across the street and tried to break into a building by smashing out the glass door. They were confronted by a police officer.

According to Springfield police, 49-year-old Stephen William Comiskey grabbed the officer by the neck, ripped off his badge and slammed him into a vehicle.

The officer used a Taser on the man, but it doesn't end there.

Comiskey reportedly fled across the parking lot. He was later captured with the help of a couple of witnesses.

According to Smokey Barn News, Comiskey told police that he moved to Springfield to save the world. He allegedly said he lit the van on fire because there was "evil in the van."

Both Comiskey and his wife, Donie Ruth, were taken to the Robertson County Detention Facility in Springfield.

He is facing multiple charges, including evading arrest and assault on a police officer. His wife is charged with public intoxication and burglary but may be facing additional charges.

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