Court: Living room arson leads to weapons charges

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 2, 2014 

Raeshaed Wineglass

A Columbus man got more than he bargained for after he threatened to burn his girlfriend's couch, drawing the attention of police, and then had to explain a found stash of weapons in the bedroom.

Raeshaed Wineglass, 30, was in Columbus Recorder's Court Thursday on charges of arson and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He pled not guilty to all charges.

Wineglass had originally threatened the victim, his girlfriend, via text, saying that he would burn her couch over a dispute, according to police testimony. He then sent her a text showing that the couch was burning.

Officer Mark Neal responded at about 3 a.m. Wednesday to the victim's unit in the Booker T. Washington Apartments on 5th Avenue.

Inside, officers saw that both the couch and loveseat had been burned and then apparently extinguished with water, according to Neal's testimony.

When police found Wineglass in the bedroom, they also found a 10-round magazine, fully loaded, at his feet; and two pistols underneath the bed.

Wineglass said that he didn't know the weapons were in the room, Neal testified. Wineglass' ex-girlfriend said that one of the guns had belonged to her previously, but that it had been stolen by Wineglass.

Under questioning from Wineglass' public defense attorney, Neal made reference to Wineglass' "19-page criminal history."

Judge Michael Joyner set a $5,000 bond for each count of arson and possession. The case will continue in Muscogee Superior Court.

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