KY: Man rejected on Facebok sets woman’s home on fire

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FRANKFORT, KY – A Kentucky man couldn’t take “no” for an answer.

What he did after getting rejected on Facebook has him facing serious criminal charges.

Social media can lead to great new connections — it can also bring unwanted attention.

A Kentucky man is facing charges of burglary and arson.

After burning down the house of a woman who rejected him on Facebook.

Lauren Adams has the details.

(Samantha Beagle/Sister of Joanie Yount)

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

A young mother and her 3 year old son left without a place to live just days before Christmas.

(Samantha Beagle/Sister of Joanie Yount)

“My husband actually pushed the front door open and we had to jump off the front porch. Smoke was just rolling out.

Samantha beagle and her husband had tried to save her sister’s home but it was too late. What’s worse- police say what happened here on Hillview Drive was no accident:

(Major Robert Warfel/Frankfort Police Dept)

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

Major Robert Warfel with the Frankfort police department says the woman that lived here, 22 year old Joanie Yount, was being harassed online by 37 year old James Graham.

He’s now charged with burglary and arson.

(Major Robert Warfel/Frankfort Police Dept)

“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.

(Samantha Beagle/Sister of Joanie Yount)

“it got to the point that she was very aggravated.”

Beagle says there was no relationship.

Graham was a friend of a friend and Joanie Yount- a busy single mom simply wasn’t interested:

(Samantha Beagle/Sister of Joanie Yount)

“she doesn’t want a relationship, she just wants people to leave her alone. When it comes to stuff like that, either be decent or don’t bother her at all.

But police say graham didn’t back off.

Back on November 28th, already in the neighborhood to visit a friend, graham ended up here.

Police say he found an unlocked door- let himself in and then entered Yount’s bedroom, starting a fire that would destroy most of the home.

(Samantha Beagle/Sister of Joanie Yount)

“if you look in there there is no floor and no ceiling”

Beagle’s sister says it’s tough to look at….even harder to imagine ‘what if’

(Samantha Beagle/Sister of Joanie Yount)

“I just wonder what if she was in there. What he would have done to her if she was lying in her bed before he set the house on fire.

Because of smoke and water damage- there’s no floors or ceilings in some of the rooms. The victim and her son have had to move out. The pair is staying with family.

Joanie Yount, who did receive help from the red cross, has picked up a second job to help replace the Christmas for her 3 year old- presents that were lost in the fire.

Lauren Adams, WLKY News.