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$1 million bond for man charged with arson after lighting his own car on fire in McHenry

Randall S. Grayburn, 27, of McHenry.

A McHenry man was arrested after police say he lit his vehicle, which he co-owns with his girlfriend, on fire during an argument with the woman.

Randall S. Grayburn, 27, of the 4300 block of Shamrock Lane in McHenry, was charged with arson, a Class 2 felony, criminal damage to property and reckless conduct.

McHenry Deputy Police Chief Thomas Walsh told Lake and McHenry County Scanner Grayburn got into a dispute with a woman, who he is dating.

Grayburn lit a napkin on fire and then threw it inside a blue 2002 Dodge Durango, according to a criminal complaint filed in McHenry County court.

Grayburn’s girlfriend called 911 after looking outside her window and noticing the vehicle on fire in the complex’s parking lot.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, which caused damage to the rear seats and rear cargo area, Walsh said.

Grayburn and his girlfriend are both registered owners of the Dodge Durango.

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“Even though Grayburn is a registered owner of the vehicle, [the victim] is also a registered owner, has a vested interest in the vehicle and is the victim in this incident,” Walsh said.

There were no occupants in the vehicle and nobody was injured. The blaze took place in proximity to other vehicles and a garage but firefighters put out the fire before it was able to spread.

Grayburn was arrested at the scene by officers and transported to the McHenry County jail where he remains held on a $1 million bond. He would need to post $100,000 cash in order to be released.

According to court records, Grayburn was on probation and also out on bond for previous cases at the time of his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.


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