Man faces attempted murder charges after he threatened roommate, lit apartment on fire

Jim Melwert
July 15, 2019 - 5:26 pm
Philadelphia police

KYW Newsradio, file

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MONTGOMERY CONTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Montgomery County man is facing some serious charges after police say he threatened to kill his roommate and then lit their apartment on fire.

Abington police said just after midnight Thursday into Friday, when they got on the scene of a fire alarm on Old York Road near Welsh Road, they heard someone calling for help.

“One went immediately past the flames, putting himself at risk, freeing the individual who was afraid barricading himself in the bedroom," said Abington police chief Patrick Malloy. 

Malloy said the man was barricaded in his room because his roommate, 35-year-old Stephen Swift, was drunk and was threatening to kill him.

“After he made the threats that he was going to kill him, then he immediately set the fire. That’s why they were able to charge him, not only with arson, but with terroristic threats and attempted homicide,” Malloy added. 

Malloy credits Abington police officers Liz Cartwright, Rob Steck and Paul Welsh for jumping into action to get the roommate out of the burning apartment.

“If not for the quick action of the police officers, only God knows what would have happened there,” he said.