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University Of Kentucky Student Accused Of Attempted Arson

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Posted at 7:19 AM, Aug 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:19:17-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A University of Kentucky student has been accused of trying to start a fire in the basement of a bar while drunk.

WKYT-TV reports that 22-year-old Richard Johnstone was arrested Saturday morning after Lexington firefighters say they caught him in the basement of Henry Clay's Public House attempting to ignite flammable materials.

Employees told authorities they saw documents on fire in the basement and quickly extinguished them, before finding Johnstone hiding nearby.

Lexington police officers arrested Johnstone after arriving to help firefighters. Police charged him with alcohol intoxication, while the Fire Department charged him with attempted arson.

Officers said they later found and charged Johnstone with having stolen 19 credit cards that were in his possession.

Jail records do not indicate if Johnstone has an attorney.

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