Webb City businessman Keith McBride, 51, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Springfield on an arson charge today, according to U. S. Attorney Todd P. Graves.
McBride was the owner of the Coin-Op business, 302 W. 4th Street, Webb City, which he allegedly burned to the ground April 14, the same morning he also allegedly burned his home in Duenweg to the ground.
According to the affidavit filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, several firefighters were injured while working to extinguish the fire and had to be transported to a local hospital and treated for burns and other injuries.
McBride was arrested later in the day following a stand-off at a warehouse that lasted for several hours. According to the affidavit, McBride had a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol and threatened to kill himself. He claims he did not do so because the gun failed to work. Eventually, the police used tear gas and McBride surrendered.
The indictment was filed after McBride underwent a psychiatric examination in Springfield.