NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old North Charleston man is facing attempted murder charges after reportedly setting a car and the front door of an apartment on fire after not being allowed inside the residence.
North Charleston police were called to the area of Whipper Barony Lane Monday around 8:51 p.m. after receiving a call that a man was attempting to set a vehicle on fire.
An incident report states officers arrived to find smoke coming from the apartment and the suspect, Patrick Jerene Ferebee, running away from the area. Ferebee, who reportedly smelled of gasoline, was ordered to the ground and detained.
Police say the front door of the victims' apartment was engulfed in flames. Officers were able to escort two residents out apartment.
One of the victims told police she called for help after Ferebee, who was not welcomed at residence, attempted to set her car on fire. A second resident in the apartment said he first smelled gasoline, and by the time he noticed the front door was on fire it was too hot to escape.
Police say Ferebee confessed to setting the fire at the apartment. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, arson, and malicious damage to property.
The incident report lists $50,000 in damage to the apartment, and $10,000 in damage to the car.