Police: 'Unwanted guest' accused of burning house

Police: 'Unwanted guest' accused of burning house

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - Police say a man who was not welcome at a Kennett home was arrest following a fire at the same residence.

The Kennett Police Department posted that on Monday just before 2 a.m. officers were called to the 300-block of White Oak Place in regards to an "unwanted guest."

When officers arrived the person was gone, but while checking the area they found a fire at the rear of the residence.

The fire department was called and four adults along with nine children were evacuated. Fire and police investigators determined the fire had been intentionally set.

Deontae Dunn, 20, of Kennett was arrested during the investigation.

The victims, including Dunn's mother, step-father, sister, and sister-in-law, told investigators that Dunn got upset Sunday night when he was told to 'stop causing problems and go to bed.' He allegedly threatened to kill everyone in the house which sparked the fight between Dunn and his step-father, according to police.

During an interview with police, Dunn reportedly admitted to setting the fire by lighting the garbage inside the closet on fire.

He said he was angry that he had to walk home from a hospital with no shoes following a fight with his stepfather. He also said no one would let him in the house.

KPD stated Dunn is at the Dunklin County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges by the county prosecutor.

Investigators recommend Dunn face charges of first-degree arson, 13 counts of first-degree assault, and nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved. KFVS also contributed to this report.

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