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Incident results in attempted arson charge

Daily News Staff Writer

A Ketchikan grand jury indicted Kenneth Glenn Reese, 53, Thursday on three felony charges stemming from an alleged altercation between his girlfriend and him on Oct. 24.

Reese was indicted on one count each of third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree attempted arson.

According to the Alaska State Troopers affidavit in the case, Reese’s girlfriend called police after Reese allegedly smashed the windshield of her motor vehicle with a pumpkin, got into his truck and proceeded to ram her vehicle with his while she was inside.

Following the encounter, Reese allegedly left the scene, but called her to tell her he was going to return to “light her house on fire.”

The affidavit states that Reese originally called the alleged victim in the case on the evening of Oct. 24 and said that he was going to “destroy her porch,” which prompted his girlfriend to use her vehicle to block the driveway to her house.

“(The girlfriend) reported that about five minutes later Reese drove to her residence. (She) stated that Reese attempted to open her car door but she had locked the doors,” the report reads. “Reese then threw a pumpkin at her windshield shattering the front windshield of her vehicle.

“(She) stated that Reese then got into his vehicle and backed up and started ramming (her) vehicle head on about four times when she was still sitting in the driver’s seat,” it continues.

When AST arrived to the residence located near mile 12 of the North Tongass Highway, it was reported that pieces of glass from the shattered windshield were found in the alleged victim’s vehicle.

She told law enforcement that Reese was allegedly intoxicated, and after leaving the scene, threatened her with arson over the phone.

While law enforcement was at the scene, Reese then allegedly appeared on foot carrying a gasoline container filled with gas.

“Reese stated that he wanted to scare (his girlfriend),” the affidavit reads. “… Reese did admit to throwing a pumpkin at the windshield when he got mad at (her) but did not mean to break the windshield. Reese also stated that he ‘would end her life to save his.’”

According to the report, law enforcement observed that the front bumper of the alleged victim’s vehicle was damaged and partially hanging off the car. There was also damage to the hood of the vehicle. The affidavit states that small pieces of pumpkin were discovered on the shattered windshield and a broken pumpkin was observed lying on the ground nearby.

Reese was subsequently arrested.

At his bail hearing the following day, Ketchikan District Court Judge Kevin Miller granted $10,000 bail in the case — $5,000 cash and $5,000 in the form of an unsecured bond.

According to court documents, the alleged victim in the case posted the $5,000 cash and Reese posted the bond and was released from Ketchikan Correctional Center.

Following Thursday’s indictment, the case was transferred to Ketchikan Superior Court. Reese’s next scheduled court appearance is slated for Nov. 14.