Block: Elkhorn Creek
City: Shelby Gap, Kentucky 41563
Weight: 300 lbs
Hair Color: GRY
Eye Color: GRN
Arrest Age: 59
Time: 9:17 PM
Arresting Agency: PIKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, Pike County, KY
- ARSON, 2ND DEGREE, PIKE, 11-17-16, 100,000 FCM AND MCR W/ ATT A, COMBS
- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS-2ND DEGREE, PIKE, 11-17-16
- CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, 1ST DEGREE, PIKE, 11-17-16
KENTUCKY -- An astonishingly brazen crime left witnesses in disbelief and a married couple homeless.
They say the man who destroyed a home made no attempt to be discreet.
"I don't know how anybody has the guts to do something like that," Wendy Kerns said. "I really don't."
Kerns lives two homes over from the one that burned down.
She says she watched Larry Anderson, who lives a couple blocks away on Elkhorn Creek Road in Shelby Gap, pull into the driveway Wednesday afternoon and get out holding a bottle.
"It had a rag sticking out of it on fire," she said.
She says he threw the bottle through the front window.
"Then he pulled out, and by the time he got right there, and waved at me," she said.
The married couple who lives there wasn't home at the time.
LARRY ANDERSON BURNED TWO CATS AND A DOG TO DEATH, WHICH WERE INSIDE
Kerns rushed over to try to save the pets, but she says by the time she made it over, it was already too late.
"We tried to break in the door, but it went 'whoosh,' " she said.
As to why, next door neighbor Charles Randolph says the man who lived there told him it was because of a dispute over a $60 loan.
"He kept saying 'All that over sixty bucks,'" Randolph said.
"They're demented," Kerns said. "You don't set somebody's house on fire in broad daylight. You just don't do that."
Anderson was arrested by Kentucky State Police.
"Anybody that would pull up in front of your house in the middle of the day and fire bomb your house with people watching, that's a dangerous individual in my opinion," Randolph said.
Anderson is being held in the Pike County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
He's charged with second-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree cruelty to animals.
He's due to appear in court April 7.
(WBKO - March 25, 2016)