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Mineral resident faces 18 counts of attempted murder

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

A Mineral man is facing multiple attempted murder charges and one count of arson for his alleged role in trying to burn down a home with 18 people sleeping inside.

Nicholas Secret

Nicholas Secret

Nicholas Charles Secret, 26, received a direct indictment from the Louisa County Grand Jury on Monday, July 14, for 17 counts of attempted murder and a true bill on one count of attempted first degree murder and arson.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, October 12, 2013, Louisa County Dispatch received a call concerning a structural fire in the 1200 block of Indian Creek Road in Mineral.

A two-story communal residence was occupied by 18 people, most of whom were asleep at the time of fire. Everyone evacuated safely and was assessed by emergency medical technicians at the scene.

According to Ira Wallace of the Acorn Community Farm, which also operates Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, a resident was working at a computer while the rest of the household slept and heard someone stomping around and went to investigate.

According to Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Major Donald Lowe, the investigation team used a bloodhound and was able to identify a suspect.

“It is especially terrifying when someone sets a building on fire knowing that occupants are inside the structure,” Lowe said.

To read the entire story, see the July 17 edition of The Central Virginian.