Police: Man rejected on Facebook sets woman’s house on fire

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FRANKFORT, KY — A Kentucky man faces charges of burglary and arson after allegedly burning down the house of a woman who rejected him on Facebook.

James Graham, 37, had been harassing 22-year-old Joanie Yount online after she told him she was not interested in a relationship, according to Frankfort police Major Robert Warfel.

“She had some comments posted by this individual on her Facebook page about some pictures she had. She rebuffed those and it’s kind of what set this all in motion,” Warfel said.

Police said Graham went inside an unlocked door to Yount’s house on Hillview Drive and started a fire in her bedroom.

Samantha Beagle and her husband tried to save her sister’s home, but it was too late.

“My husband actually pushed the front door open and we had to jump off the front porch. There was no going in, smoke was just rolling out,” Beagle said.

Smoke and water damaged floors and ceilings in some of the rooms, investigators said.

Yount and her 3-year-old son were not home at the time.

“I definitely hate to see this for my sister,” Beagle said.

“This is one of those tragic situations where somebody is now without a home and for such a minor reason. It’s disturbing,” said Warfel.