CLINTON, Iowa — A Morrison man is charged with attempted murder and arson, accused of setting fire to the home of the Iowa man police say he tried to kill.
According to Clinton County court records:
Jeremy Scott Wagner, 38, threw two Molotov cocktails at a home in the 600 block of 11th Ave. South around 5 a.m. May 28. He and the ensuing fireball were captured on a neighbor’s home surveillance video, and Wagner admitted throwing them in an interview with police on June 1.
Then, around 8 a.m. June 8, witnesses saw Wagner chasing a motorcycle at a high rate of speed, ramming it and pinning the motorcyclist under his car in the 2100 block of Lincoln Way in Clinton.
The motorcyclist was the homeowner who reported the arson.
Wagner told police he was angry because his wife had been staying with the man, while he was in a hotel with their children because a fire damaged their home in Morrison.
As he sat in his hotel room that morning, he heard a motorcycle, looked out his window and saw the man. He went after him and tried to get him to pull over, but the motorcyclist made an obscene gesture and kept going, which upset him, Wagner told police.
He continued to chase the motorcycle, ran two red lights, and hit the back of the bike as it slowed down. Wagner said he tried to stop, and when he did, he realized he had run over the man.
For his part, the motorcyclist, who was not identified, told police Wagner was yelling obscenities when he pulled up next to him, and chased him at speeds of 60 to 70 mph when he sped off. He ran several red lights trying to get away from Wagner, who he said he believes was trying to kill him.
Wagner, who faces up to 25 years in prison on each count, was freed Tuesday after posting $2,500 of his $25,000 bond, and has a preliminary hearing June 19.