Editor's note: This story was updated on May 6 to clarify the victim's relationship with his ex-wife. She was at his house but does not live there.
Great Bend police are investigating a case of arson that occurred Sunday night, when someone broke out the window of a pickup and placed something burning inside.
Steve Barnard contacted authorities at 9 p.m., saying his Dodge pickup was on fire at 2607 Forest Ave.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said the damage was contained inside the pickup and is estimated to be over $5,000.
The fire was quickly extinguished. Officers from the GBPD arrived after the fire was out and talked to Barnard, who said his pickup was parked on the street and he ran outside when he saw it was on fire. Barnard said he saw the suspect, William Corkill, across the street and chased him on foot, but was unable to catch him.
Police went to Corkill’s residence in the 5200 block of 10th St. He was arrested and booked into the Barton County Jail on a charge of arson.
Officers said Corkill’s former girlfriend is now Barnard ex-wife, and she was at his house that night. Officers are checking to see whether a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order was in place against Corkill, which could result in additional charges. The investigation is continuing.
Corkill remained in jail Monday afternoon in lieu of $20,000 bond.