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Man Found Sleeping at Bolingbrook Business After Lighting Fire: Police

Michael Smith, 40, is also accused of hitting an officer.

Michael Smith. Credit: Bolingbrook Police
Michael Smith. Credit: Bolingbrook Police
A Minooka man allegedly lit a fire in front of a Bolingbrook business before he was found sleeping inside the building, police said.

Lt. Mike Rompa said Bolingbrook police and fire responded to a possible structure fire at a business in the 400 block of Boughton Road at around 9:13 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found a fire in front of the building.

After the fire was extinguished, police and firefighters checked the building and found a man sleeping inside, Rompa said. 

The man, identified as 40-year-old Michael Smith of the 0-100 block of Maple Street, had numerous empty beer bottles around him and one full, open bottle, Rompa said.

According to Rompa, Smith was uncooperative and attempted to leave the building. He then struck an officer and resisted arrest, Rompa said.

Police said an investigation revealed that materials from inside the business had been used to light the fire out front. A lighter was also found in Smith's possession, Rompa said.

Smith was taken to the Will County jail and charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and knowingly damaging property, according to jail records.

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