Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg woman charged with trying to torch apartment

ST. PETERSBURG — A 49-year-old woman was charged early Monday morning with trying to burn down her boyfriend's apartment while his sister was inside. Michelle Petrice Moody was charged with arson, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to St. Petersburg police, Moody and her boyfriend got into a domestic dispute earlier in the night. Then Moody went to the boyfriend's apartment at 674 22nd Ave. S.

Moody knocked on the front door, police said. Her boyfriend's sister looked outside the window and saw Moody, but did not open the door.

It was about 3:50 a.m. that police said Moody dragged a grill to the front door, put "combustible" items like a pillow, paper, wood and a floor mat on the grill outside the door and then set the items on fire.

Then Moody dragged a plastic garbage can filled with trash to the rear door and set that one on fire as well, police said, trapping those inside the apartment. The police were called and the fires were quickly extinguished.

Police did not say if the boyfriend was actually inside at the time. No one was injured in the fire, nor was the apartment seriously damaged.

Moody, who was listed as a transient, was being held Monday in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $52,150 bail.

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