Asotin County man threatened to burn house down after fight and domestic dispute with ex

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A manhunt is underway after the Asotin County Sheriff's office says 45-year-old Karl Longin allegedly tried to set his ex's house on fire after they got into a fight Wednesday night.

The domestic dispute in Clarkston Heights that started around 10:45 p.m. escalated to dishes being hurled around and gasoline dumped on a house in the 2300 block of Florence Lane.

"[He] was going to burn the residence of I believe his ex-wife or ex-girlfriend," said Asotin County Sheriff John Hilderbrand.

The woman wasn't hurt and Longin fled the scene. Hilderbrand says Longin and this woman have a recent history of reported domestic incidents.

"[It involved] broken dishes, some other violence, domestic violence," Hilderbrand said describing their recent history.

The Asotin County Sheriff's Office says they responded to over 250 domestic calls in 2018.

Those who live nearby say it isn't shocking to see an investigation into attempted arson and domestic violence so close to home.

"This is a strange neighborhood at times," says longtime Asotin County resident Lee Cass.

Hilderbrand says it's emblematic of a larger problem.

"We are pretty high in the Asotin County for domestic violence and we're trying to make sure that everybody does stay safe in their home settings," he says.

In 2018 the Asotin County Sheriff's Office responded to 67 domestic violence assaults, 176 family fights, and 25 domestic violence vandalism calls. They've made over 60 arrests in those cases.

"We do want to reduce that in the community," says Hilderbrand.

He is urging everyone that if they hear something, they should say something.

"Any activity domestic related, please call the sheriff's office," Hilderbrand said.

Longin is described as a white male with blue eyes and blond, balding hair. He stands 5' 10" tall and weighs 180 pounds.

Anyone with information on Longin should call the Asotin County Sheriff's Office at 509-758-2331.

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