Charges filed against man accused of setting Centerville home on fire

Aug 19, 2022, 4:07 PM
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FILE: A Centerville home is engulfed in flames started by an armed home invasion suspect. (Wendi Shegrud)
(Wendi Shegrud)

CENTERVILLE, Utah — The Davis County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Ammon Jacob Woodhead, 37, for invading a home and setting it on fire on July 21.

The charges include two counts of aggravated attempted homicide, a first-degree felony.

Related: Police say home in Centerville set on fire by armed home-invasion suspect

Police say that Woodhead walked into the home at 329 E. 1825 N. in Centerville. Three people in the house later told police that Woodhead demanded money, assaulted two of the residents, and then poured gas throughout the home.

Witnesses told police that Ammon then ignited a flame, and set the house on fire.

Newly released body-worn camera footage shows a member of Centerville police helping people out of a home. Police detained Woodhead later in the video. 

Related: Suspect identified in Centerville arson case, victims released from hospital

Police said the home was a complete loss. Two of the residents were hospitalized with injuries they sustained from Woodhead. Six Centerville police officers were treated for smoke inhalation. Another officer was reportedly bitten by Woodhead.

Officers arrested Woodhead at the scene. He was hospitalized for five days because of lung damage and heat exposure he experienced in the house fire. Upon his release from the hospital, Woodhead was booked into Salt Lake County jail on July 26 on an outstanding warrant.

Related: Centerville couple involved in home invasion, attack and fire describe the events

Woodhead also faces charges of aggravated robbery, disarming a police officer, aggravated arson, and possession or use of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.


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Charges filed against man accused of setting Centerville home on fire