Man charged with arson, death threats

Birchfield

A 42-year-old Augusta man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he allegedly started a fire at a woman's house and then threatened to kill her and others, according to a report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

A witness told deputies that Michael Dillard Birchfield drove by the home of Virginia Renolds, 34, and threw a bottle containing a flammable liquid that started a fire outside the home. After Birchfield left in his silver four-door Kia, he told Renolds via text message that he had tried to hit the house but missed and that "everybody she loved will die," the report says.

When deputies arrived, they called Birchfield and he told them they weren't going to stop him, but that they could "come to their funerals." Birchfield also told officers he was on his front porch waiting for them, according to the report.

Deputies first responded to the scene at 2:30 a.m., then arrested Birchfield at his home in the 1800 block of Hicks Street at 6:30 a.m., the arrest report states. He was taken to the Richmond County Jail on charges of third-degree arson and terroristic threats. 

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