Bond Set For Man Who Burned Down His Dad's Home

David Neubauer doused the home in gasoline, police said, and then called his mother and alerted her of his plans

By Rosie Powers
|  Thursday, Jul 28, 2011  |  Updated 11:41 AM CDT
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Bond was set at $400,000 Thursday for a man charged with burning down his father's Melrose Park home.

David Neubauer, 26, was taken into custody July 26 after admitting to police that he set the home on fire.

Neubauer doused the home in gasoline, police said, and then called his mother and alerted her of his plans. He then invited a family friend to the scene, who quickly tried to leave after smelling the strong scent of gasoline, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Neubauer threw two Molotov cocktails at the friend's vehicle, but both failed to detonate. The friend fled the scene as Neubauer ignited the home, police said.

Neubauer left the scene before police arrived but was caught at 25th and Franklin Avenue, where he admitted responsibility for the incident.

His next court date is July 28.

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