WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was formally charged with setting a fire at a firework store in Wyoming earlier this week in addition to several other crimes.
Casey George Marvin, 34, of Wyoming was arraigned Friday on eight charges tied to a string of fires and vehicle thefts that occurred Tuesday morning.
According to court documents, a witness saw Marvin leave GS Fireworks on 44th Street SW near Burlingame Avenue and light a firework back into the store. He then got into the witness’ car and demanded his car. When the witness refused they got into a physical fight, court documents show.
Marvin then went to nearby Villa Esperanza Apartments and lit a bag of stuffed animals on fire on a balcony before stealing a vehicle, according to court documents. The owners of the vehicle had left it running as they went back inside their apartment to call 911 about the fire at GS Fireworks.
He then crashed the vehicle into a tree on 44th Street and allegedly tried to set it on fire by putting a burning rag in the gas tank.
After the crash, court documents say Marvin broke into a house on Oriole Street, stole some items and then set it on fire before getting away in a stolen car that he also took from the home.
Fire at GS Fireworks store in Wyoming
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Marvin was later caught on 36th Street near Burlingame around 8:40 a.m. Police say he was driving the wrong way and officers rammed the car into a curb in order to stop it. He was taken away in an ambulance.
Marvin is facing a total of eight charges including four counts of arson, first-degree home invasion, carjacking, fleeing a police officer and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle.
During his arraignment, Marvin asked for a reduction in his million dollar bond saying this was out of character for him. The judge denied his request.
Viewers sent video to 24 Hour News 8 of fireworks erupting during the fire at GS Fireworks.
“It was tons of them. You could totally tell the whole store was just letting off fireworks. It was insane,” store owner David Jewell told 24 Hour News in an earlier interview.
WOOD TV8 app users can click here to watch the video.