Brighton Township man arraigned for alleged attempt to burn down house, sicken family member

A Brighton Township man was arraigned on Sept. 11, 2020, on charges that he was preparing to burn his home, and for placing potentially injurious substances into a family member’s food.

Bradley James Crainer, 35, was arraigned in Livingston County’s 53rd District Court on the charges, and a $500,000 cash bond was set. Crainer — who faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted — is currently lodged at the Livingston County Jail, he is family is looking for a bail bond company that can take care of his bond.

According to a release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, on Sept. 8, 2020, Det. Sergeant Childers arrested Crainer after an investigation revealed that he has opened a natural gas line inside his vacant home in an attempt to destroy the residence. There was no actual fire or explosion, and the residence was not damaged.

The investigation also revealed that the subject had placed an injurious substance into a family member’s food, causing the family member to become temporarily ill. The family member did not seek medical attention and has made a full recovery.

The incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

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