A Gallatin man is facing multiple charges after police say he set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment earlier this month.
The fire occurred around 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1 at the Stoneridge apartment complex located at 2325 Nashville Pike, according to an arrest affidavit signed by Inv. Charles Cook with the Gallatin Police Department.
A witness told police he was walking his dog nearby when he saw a man in the window of the apartment lighting a flame less than one hour before the fire was discovered. The suspect was later identified as 36-year-old Daniel Edward Soper who was not supposed to be on the property.
“Soper and (one of the residents) has previously been dating but had recently broken up and were not getting along,” Cook wrote in the affidavit. “(The ex) stated that they had been arguing shortly before she left the apartment.
“The total damage amount is not known at this time, but fire suppression was used throughout the entire apartment and it appears that all of (her) belongings are damaged and the apartment will most likely need a total remodel.”
Shortly before the fire was reported, police made contact with Soper who was reportedly “walking erratically” along Nashville Pike in the area of the Kroger Marketplace, according to the affidavit. He was taken to the emergency room at Sumner Station after he told officers he was having chest pains.
While at the emergency room, police say they found approximately $100 of stolen jewelry from the apartment in Soper’s pockets, which was later identified as belonging to his ex-girlfriend.
Soper was arrested and charged with arson, theft less than $1,000 and criminal trespassing. He is scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on Oct. 2.