WESTLAKE, Ohio - Police said the Westlake man convicted of killing his father and injuring his mother in 2004 after running them over with a car apparently tried to burn down his garage Thursday.
According to Westlake police, 30-year-old Daniel Jung poured an accelerant around a cluster of propane tanks and aerosol cans and lit it at 10:27 a.m. He lives on Woodpath Trail.
Someone spotted the suspicious activity and called 911.
Firefighters were able to get the fire out before serious damage was done to the garage.
Police said no one else was home at the time and no one was hurt in the incident, but Jung was taken to St. John Medical Center after making suicidal threats. Once he’s released from there – which is expected to be Thursday afternoon – he’ll be taken to the Westlake City Jail.
Police said he's facing aggravated arson charges.
Firefighters from Westlake, Rocky River, North Olmsted and Fairview Park were all called to the scene to help put out the fire.
Jung pleaded guilty in July 2011 to involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault charges after doctors found him competent in June 2011.
Prosecutors said Jung – who was 22 years old and attended Stanford University at the time -- ran over his father, 68-year-old Yong Jung, and his mother, 61-year-old Jemma Jung, after having an argument over use of the family car.
Mr. and Mrs. Jung were taken to the hospital, but Mr. Jung later died. Mrs. Jung survived the incident.
Daniel Jung took off in the vehicle and a nationwide manhunt was called for him. He turned himself in to police in Toledo two days later.
At the time of Thursday’s incident, Jung was post-release control for the 2004 crime.
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