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Shelbyville, Ky. man accused of trying to burn neighbors to death

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Robert Broughton (Source: Shelby County Detention Center) Robert Broughton (Source: Shelby County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Shelbyville, Ky. man is facing serious charges after police say he tried to burn his neighbors to death -- and according to court documents, he was arrested twice in the same day.

The first arrest took place just after 2:30 a.m. on Thursday at an apartment on Burks Branch Rd., near Clear Creek Park.

Police say a woman called 911 to report that her neighbor, 28-year-old Robert Broughton, was trying to break into her apartment. Broughton was allegedly kicking her door and yelling, "Come get some!"

When deputies arrived, police say Broughton ran back to his apartment. When asked why he was kicking his neighbor's door, he allegedly replied, "I'm sorry" and told officers that his neighbor was "out to get him."

The woman told police that she was scared.

Broughton was arrested by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and charged with attempted burglary, terroristic threatening and menacing.

But he wasn't in jail for long. According to a second arrest report, Broughton was arrested again that night -- on far more serious charges.

Police say the second incident took place just before 6:30 p.m. the same day, and also occurred at Broughton's apartment complex. According to the arrest report, Broughton had been involved in a dispute with his neighbors (it's not clear if they were the same neighbors he encountered earlier in the day), when he took his front door off its hinges and placed it -- along with an air tank -- in front of his neighbors' door.

He then allegedly lit a blanket on fire and placed it in front of their door.

"By setting the blanket on fire, the subject was trying to destroy or do damage to the building that was inhabited or occupied by the two victims," the arrest report states. "The subject, by placing the barricades in front of the victims' door, showed an extreme indifference to human life and placed the victims in extreme danger of being killed by the fire."

"The victims were inside and were unable to get out because the subject had placed the front door, an air tank and other items in front of their door as a barricade," police add.

Fortunately, police say a neighbor came over and found the blanket burning and rescued the victims.

Broughton was re-arrested and charged with first degree arson and attempted murder, according to the arrest report.

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