GENESEO – A Geneseo man is facing felony charges after allegedly trying to set a vacant house on fire on Big Tree Lane, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies and the Geneseo Fire Department responded to the property about 10:40 a.m. July 14 after witness reports that a person had just tried to set the house on fire. Witnesses were able to provide a detailed description of the suspect who had fled the scene.
One of the witnesses was able to quickly extinguish the fire, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies and members of the Geneseo Police Department and SUNY Geneseo University Police later located the suspect near the athletic fields on the SUNY campus. The suspect refused to stop as directed to by law enforcement and began running. After a foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody without incident or injury to anybody involved, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspect was identified as John B. Duncanson, 20.
Duncanson was arrested July 17 and charged with third-degree arson, a Class C felony; and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a Class A misdemeanor.
Duncanson was turned over to Central Booking deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. The offenses did qualify for pre-arraignment detention under the state Justice Reform Act, however, the law prevents a judge from setting bail.
Duncanson was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Mount Morris Justice David Provo, who did release Duncanson on his own recognizance.