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Johns charged with attempted arson in Helena

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Christopher Allen Johns has been charged with attempted arson Christopher Allen Johns has been charged with attempted arson
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Christopher Allen Johns has been charged with attempted arson after he allegedly tried to set his house on fire on the 8000 block of Avocet Drive on Sunday.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says a witness called 911 at 8:15 saying Johns was trying to burn his house down.

According to Dutton, Johns was experiencing a mental health crisis when he got into an argument earlier in the day with other members of the household.

Charging documents say Johns later entered the home with a can of gas, spreading the fuel on the floors and walls of the kitchen and dining area, saying, “You’re all going to die.”

Six people were home at the time, including three children.

Two adults in the home fought with Johns and broke a lighter he was holding.

Johns then allegedly ran away from the residence and was tackled outside and held down until law enforcement officers arrived.

Sheriff Leo Dutton commended the two civilians for fighting back.

He says if they hadn’t, six people could have lost their lives.

“I am happy that they had the intestinal fortitude to tackle the guy,” says Dutton. “Even though, if they had not, they would have perished. So they had a decision to make, whether to let themselves and everyone else in the house die, or take action, and they chose action. And they pinned him down and held him there until we got there.”

If convicted of felony attempted arson, Johns faces up to 20 years in the state prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Bond for Johns was set at $40,000.

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