Man charged with arson in Oct. 3 fire in Pittsfield Township apartment
A 34-year-old Pittsfield Township man is charged with arson for allegedly setting an apartment bathroom on fire on Oct. 3, according to court records.
Courtesy Pittsfield Township Public Safety Department
James Shelby Blake, 34 of Pittsfield Township, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge each of arson of a dwelling or home, malicious destruction of property of fire or police property, assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer and breaking and entering. His bond was set at 10 percent of $7,500.
Pittsfield Township Public Safety Department personnel responded to Arbor Pointe Apartments at 10:50 p.m. Oct. 3 after being dispatched for a fire in the bathroom of a first-floor apartment. Blake was stopped by officers while riding away from the incident on his bicycle, police said.
Police said Blake resisted arrest so forcefully that officers were forced to use a Taser in order to subdue him. While Blake was being driven to the Washtenaw County Jail, he allegedly kicked out the window of the patrol vehicle he was riding in. The damage to the window was more than $1,000, according to police.
Pittsfield Township Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick said Blake was picked up by Pittsfield Township police from Detroit on Tuesday and brought back to the Washtenaw County Jail. He is scheduled to have a preliminary exam at 1 p.m. Oct. 27.
If convicted, Blake faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the arson charge, four years in prison for the malicious destruction of property charge, two years in prison for assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer charge and 90 days for the breaking and entering charge.