NPD: Man arrested after assaulting girlfriend, attempting to burn house down

NORFOLK, Neb. -- 41-year-old Victor Burkholder of Norfolk was arrested after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and threatened to burn their house down.

On the evening of July 23rd, Norfolk Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Michigan Avenue where a woman reported that her boyfriend, Burkholder, was attacking her.

While the officers were responding to the call, the woman told dispatch that her boyfriend was threatening to burn down the house. She reported that he had a gas can in the house, and he then started to pour gas on the porch outside their front door. 

When officers arrived they could see a fire, and they located Burkholder behind the house. Police say that he had started a fire behind the house and was pouring gas onto it. The officers ordered Burkholder to stop, and he refused to while continuing to pour gas on the fire. He then threw the gas can on to the fire. 

Police say they attempted to take Burkholder into custody because he resisted arrest. He was taken into custody for obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, and attempting second-degree arson. 

During further investigation, the officers learned that the victim had been assaulted, where Burkholder had put his hands around her neck and strangled her.

The woman attempted to get out of the house but Burkholder held her in the house for nearly 10 minutes, according to police reports. The victim was able to break free and get out of the house, shortly after, Burkholder threatened her with getting a gas can.

Not long after, police say, is when Burkholder had started to pour gas on the porch. 

Burkholder was arrested and booked into the Norfolk City jail for strangulation, false imprisonment, terroristic threats, attempting second-degree arson, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed weapon. He was later transported to the Madison County jail.