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July 9, 2018

Man charged with trying to burn barn in The Plains

Virgil L. Presgraves, 58, and the barn owner allegedly “had several encounters” earlier in the day.
Fauquier sheriff’s deputies charged a local man with attempting to fire-bomb a barn in The Plains on Saturday night.

Virgil Presgraves, 58, of The Plains, faces charges of attempting to burn an occupied dwelling and two counts of manufacture, possession, use, etc., of fire bombs or explosive materials or devices, according to Sgt. James Hartman.

“At approximately 9:30 p.m. (Saturday), a caller reported seeing a male throw a Molotov cocktail at their outdoor building near a barn and run from the scene,” Sgt. Hartman said in a press release. “The caller put out the fire and called 911.”

The incident took place in 6300 block of Broad Street.

Master Deputy James Arrington and K-9 Bane tracked the suspect to a home on Stuart Street. Cpl. Andrew McCauley late arrested and charged Mr. Presgraves.

“It was alleged the victim of the fire had several encounters with Presgraves earlier in the day,” Sgt. Hartman said.
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