Bond set at $1 million for man accused of setting fire at Warrensville Heights apartment complex

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WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio-- David Chislton appeared in Bedford Municipal Court on Tuesday appearing restless and obstinate as Judge Melling read off a list of charges including arson and inducing panic.

Chislton is accused of setting a fire that destroyed an apartment building in the Miles Landing Apartment Community following a domestic argument and a standoff with SWAT officers on Monday.

The woman identified in court as the victim of the domestic argument testified before judge Melling on Tuesday hoping to get a personal protection order from the court.
Fox 8 agreed not to reveal her identity.

The victim told the court that Chislton wanted a ride and she was not meeting his demand fast enough.

"He just flipped, started knocking stuff everywhere, pulled a gun out and put it to my head and told me you are going to die tonight," she told the court.

Chislton, who appeared in a video arraignment, become angry during her testimony.
"Man, don't be saying that you know I can't get out anyway, man don't be saying that," he said, telling the judge to hold his breath.

Chilston surrendered to police following a standoff with SWAT officers on Monday, but not until after he set the fire that left more than a dozen families without somewhere to live.
The city of Warrensville Heights along with the Red Cross was working on Tuesday to try and help those who also lost everything.

"Every family is going to be different; not one family is the same, quote unquote. You could say so figuring out what that is; there is a great team of people here today," said Emily Probst of the American Red Cross.

"He didn't think about what he was doing or all the people he was going to affect by setting that fire. I hope he doesn't get out; he doesn't deserve to be out," said a mother of six who did not want to be identified.

Following the hearing on Tuesday, Judge Melling set bond at $1 million and added the protection order which prevents Chislton from having any contact with the woman he is accused of threatening or any other members of her family.

A fund has been established to help the fire victims. CLICK HERE to head to the GoFundMe page.

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