- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah man has been charged after police say he started fires to get back at a TV news reporter.

The 56-year-old Wilbert Edward Fike Jr. was charged in district court Monday with arson and threatening terrorism.

Police say Fike told them he set five small Salt Lake City fires from May 2-4.

On May 3, a reporter for KSTU-TV received an email from an account police say belongs to Fike.

The sender said during his own arrest, the reporter bullied him by asking if he had anything to say. It’s unclear when the arrest happened.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/1ooLhfH) the sender vowed to set fires dedicated to the reporter that night.

Fike was jailed May 5 in Salt Lake County.

Court records show he pleaded guilty to arson charges in 2012 and 2007.


Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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