LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police have arrested a Louisville man they said made death threats during a verbal argument with his girlfriend then escalated to death threats.
According to court documents, a warrant was issued for 36-year-old Steve Vaughan after two separate verbal arguments with his girlfriend back in January escalated and one ended with Vaughan setting fire to a vacant home.
Police said during the first argument on Jan. 17, Vaughan threatened to burn his girlfriend and her dog to death if she left him. The report states Vaughan turned on all the gas burners on the stove with the intentions on lighting the fumes. The victim struggled with Vaughan and took the lighter away. Once Vaughan could not light the stove, police said he then tried to build up gas from the water heater to blow up the home.
Vaughan and the victim again argued on Jan. 26. Police said Vaughan became upset and agitated when the victim would not give him money for alcohol. According to the report, Vaughan tried to take the air conditioner off the house to sell for scrap and when he failed to do so, he set a neighboring vacant house on fire.
The victim called 911 before Vaughan re-entered the house. Police said upon re-entering he circled the victim several times before threatening to throw gas on her and he would tell the fire department she started the fire at the vacant house.
Vaughan is now facing several charges: 4th degree assault, 1st degree wanton endangerment and 3rd terroristic threatening.