CDA Police: Man Arrested For Arson And Aggravated Assault - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Coeur d' Alene Police Department: Man Arrested For Arson And Aggravated Assault

Posted: Updated:
43-Year-Old Clark E. Richman of Sandpoint 43-Year-Old Clark E. Richman of Sandpoint

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CDA POLICE DEPT: On Thursday at 9:25 pm Coeur d'Alene Police and Fire Department responded to 2003 N. Kootenai Health Way near Kootenai Medical Center for the report of a structure fire. Kootenai County Fire District also responded per our mutual aide agreements and arrived on scene first.

A construction trailer near the McCraine Center was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire. A second construction trailer was damaged by the fire. Officer Mortensen was contacted by a witness who stated she observed a male start the fire. Edora McMinn said she was sleeping in her RV at 9:10 pm when her dogs started barking. She took them outside and they immediately began barking at a treed area to the west of the construction trailers.

She said she observed a male acting suspiciously near a construction trailer. She went back into her RV and a few minutes later there was a knock on her door. She looked through the window and saw the suspect. The male mumbled something to her and walked away. Moments later she saw the trailer on fire.  

As the officer was speaking to Edora she recognized the male suspect as he was standing just a few feet away from their location. The suspect later identified as Clark E. Richman, 43 years of age, of Denver Colorado, was standing next to firefighters and watching the fire.  

Officer Mortenson approached Richman and asked for his ID. He immediately became uncooperative and used profanity toward the officer. He became aggressive and stated he had a knife. Richman pulled a dark colored 3" blade knife out of his pocket. Officer Mortensen pulled his service revolver and issued several commands for Richman to drop the knife.

At one point he dropped the knife on the ground in front of him but refused to move away from it. It appeared to the officer that Richman was considering picking it up again. Additional officers arrived on scene with a less lethal shotgun. They gave commands for Richman to get on the ground and he eventually complied. After Richman was handcuffed, and while being escorted to the patrol car he kicked an officer in knee.  

Richman was transported to the Kootenai County Public safety Building and charged with 2nd degree Arson, Aggravated Assault, and Battery on a Police Officer. Fire inspectors conducted an arson investigation and were able to recover evidence at the scene.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo thanked the Fire Department for their assistance. He also praised the police officers involved in his statement of "Our officers acted quickly and responsibly to end this tense situation peacefully. This was a very dangerous call for our officer's and I am grateful no one was hurt."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    LOOKING FOR A HOME? 10 Homes For Sale In Spokane For $125,000

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:39:53 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spring is a popular time to purchase and sell a home. Here are 10 homes for sale in Spokane for $125,000. These homes were found on www.WindermereSpokane.com. If you would like more information on any of these homes or would like to schedule a tour, contact your real estate agent with the correct MLS number.>>
  • UPDATE: PHOTOS Of Sex Offenders Who Live In Kootenai County

    UPDATE: PHOTOS Of Sex Offenders Who Live In Kootenai County

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:50 AM EST2014-02-26 11:50:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Do you know who lives next to you, or in your neighborhood? KHQ has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep you updated on sex offenders that may be living close to you. The latest photos are from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office website. All of the offenders have served their time and are not wanted by authorities.>>
    KHQ.COM - Do you know who lives next to you, or in your neighborhood? KHQ has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies to keep you updated on sex offenders that may be living close to you. The latest photos are from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office website.>>
  • Toddler Gets Stuck Inside Claw Machine

    Toddler Gets Stuck Inside Claw Machine

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:54:15 GMT
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.>>
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • SPREAD THE NEWS: WSP Looks For Man Charged With 59 Counts Of Sexual Misconduct With Children

    SPREAD THE NEWS: WSP Looks For Man Charged With 59 Counts Of Sexual Misconduct With Children

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 19:03:03 GMT
    KHQ.COM - The Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division has been assisting Minnesota’s Pine County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a subject charged with 59 felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct involving two young females.>>
    KHQ.COM - The Washington State Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division has been assisting Minnesota’s Pine County Sheriff’s Office in attempts to locate a subject charged with 59 felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct involving two young females.>>
  • UPDATE: Spirit Lake Suspicious Device Only A Toy Grenade

    UPDATE: Spirit Lake Suspicious Device Only A Toy Grenade

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-04-16 18:47:42 GMT
    UPDATE: A suspicious item discovered in a mailbox near Middle Ave. in Spirit Lake, causing evacuations in the immediate area, has turned out to just be a toy grenade, according to the Spirit Lake Police Department. SLPD and other agencies were on scene investigating the incident and a robot was used to retrieve the object out of the box.
    >>
    UPDATE: A suspicious item discovered in a mailbox near Middle Ave. in Spirit Lake, causing evacuations in the immediate area, has turned out to just be a toy grenade, according to the Spirit Lake Police Department. SLPD and other agencies were on scene investigating the incident and a robot was used to retrieve the object out of the box.
    >>
  • BREAKING UPDATE: Nearly 300 Missing In Ferry Disaster; Most Of The Passengers Are High School Students

    BREAKING UPDATE: Nearly 300 Missing In Ferry Disaster; Most Of The Passengers Are High School Students

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:17:03 GMT
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast. At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers continue to search for survivors.>>
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast. At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers continue to search for survivors.
    >>