Arson charges filed against man who tried to set himself on fire to end his life

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Lawrence Glenn, 31, was charged with arson in Cass County after police say he tried to set himself on fire.

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. —  A man who police say admitted to them that he tried to take his own life by setting himself on fire has been charged with arson by Cass County Prosecutors.

According to the probable cause statement, Lawrence Glenn, 31, was discovered at the scene of a fire at an apartment complex at 1208 Broadway in Pleasant Hill on Feb. 19, with burns on his body.

Lawrence Glenn chargedPolice say while Glenn was being treated in the ambulance he admitted setting the fire by spraying himself and his girlfriend’s bed with hairspray and lighting it on fire.

According to the police document, Glenn told police he had tried other ways to kill himself before setting the fire, such as bashing in his own head with a hammer and slitting his throat and stabbing at his heart with a knife.

He said his girlfriend kept putting out the fire each time he’d ignite his clothing, so he barricaded himself in her bedroom, lit the hairspray bottle that caused an explosion.

He then ran from the room with smoke so black he couldn’t breathe.

No one except Glenn was injured in the fire. He told police he did not think about the safety of others in the complex until after the fire.

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