Teen Sets Penn State Dorm Fire to ‘Annoy' Girlfriend: Police

A Penn State student has been jailed on charges he set a small fire in the stairwell of his girlfriend's dormitory in hopes it would trigger an alarm and annoy her.

The Centre Daily Times reports 18-year-old Doylestown resident Benjamin Bishop was arrested after police found burned paper and a charred pack of cigarettes near a stairwell in Simmons Hall.

Police said surveillance video showed Bishop burning the items.

Police said Bishop told them he had argued with his girlfriend and had been drinking and hadn't taken his anxiety medication. Police said Bishop hoped the fire would cause the building to be evacuated to "annoy" his girlfriend.

He remained behind bars unable to post 10 percent of $100,000 bail as he awaits an Aug. 12 preliminary hearing on arson, reckless endangerment, risking a catastrophe and disorderly conduct charges. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

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