Dubuque Police Defend Handling of Gas Pump Arson Case

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Dubuque Police are defending themselves after an officer's decision not to arrest Richard Huffman, 45.

On December 18, Police said Huffman doused a pump with gasoline at the Oky Doky convience store on West 1st Street in Dubuque. Huffman then torched the pump. No one was hurt, but police arrested Huffman.

Investigators say Huffman started the fire because he wanted mental health treatment in jail. Police say just hours before, Huffman was at the police station with an open beer can. He asked an officer to arrest him.

Instead, the officer gave Huffman information for mental health services in Dubuque County.

Huffman was charged with 1st Degree Arson and is still in the Dubuque County Jail.
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