An Albany man accused of setting off a fire bomb underneath a car early Monday morning was arraigned in Linn County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Billy Joe Barnes, 39, was charged with second-degree arson, unlawful manufacture of a destructive device, possession of a destructive device and first-degree criminal mischief.
Barnes targeted the car, which was unoccupied and in an apartment parking lot in the 900 block of 20th Avenue S.W., due to a dispute with the owner, said Prosecutor Michael Wynhausen.
“It’s unclear whether he intended to detonate the device while the individual was in the vehicle. That’s still under investigation,” Wynhausen said.
Due to the risk to the public’s safety, Judge Fay Stetz-Waters set Barnes’ security at $50,000, as requested by the state.
Heidi Sternhagen was appointed defense counsel in the case.
Police said that a neighbor used a fire extinguisher to limit damage to the victim’s Toyota Celica.
Barnes’ next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.
A probable cause affidavit in the case was not immediately available on deadline.