Suspected arsonist appears in court for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at neighbor's home in Atascocita

Michael Kuykendall, charged with arson, appears in court
July 6, 2013 6:30:59 AM PDT
A man accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor's home faced a judge for the first time overnight.

Deputies said the whole thing started over some late night fireworks. The incident unfolded around 2am Friday on Timber Springs Drive in Atascocita. The man's actions, according to sheriff's deputies, potentially put an entire neighborhood at risk.

Eyewitness News was there when Michael Kuykendall heard the charges against him. He is charged with felony arson. According to investigators, Kuykendall threw bricks and a Molotov cocktail at his neighbor's house after the neighbor lit some fireworks around 2am.

The neighbor said Kuykendall first came outside brandishing an axe, then later threw the Molotov cocktail on his roof.

Kuykendall then returned to his house and refused to come out when police arrived, officials said. He eventually surrendered peacefully after a nearly five-hour SWAT standoff.

Kuykendall's mother, who did not want to appear on camera, said her son is innocent.

"My son didn't do anything. They put their house on fire because they were drunk," she said. "They were shooting fireworks all night, and with babies, they were waking them up."

Kuykendall's bond was set at $30,000.

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