DBQ Man Accused of Burning His Own Apartment for “3 Hots and a Cot”

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say an eastern Iowa man set his apartment on fire in hopes of getting arrested.

33-year-old Matthew R. Voseberg was arrested Wednesday evening on a first-degree arson charge.

Authorities say Voseberg was sitting on his apartment’s front porch when they arrived. They say he told them he was in his apartment when he started thinking about where he could get “three hots and a cot.”

Another resident in the building told authorities that Voseberg came to her apartment, said he had started a fire in his apartment and told her to get out.  Authorities say the fire caused about $7,800 in damage.

Voseberg faces up to 25 years in prison. Online court records did not say whether he has an attorney.