ENNIS - An Italy resident is facing an arson charge after attempting to burn down the same home twice during the early morning hours of Jan. 10. Damian Gilbert, 22, has been charged with arson, along with a parole violation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, by the Ennis Police Department.

“On Jan. 10 at 2:13 in the morning we got a report that in the 1400 block of Johnson Ave. Somebody tried to pour gas on the porch and tried to light on fire with a piece of paper. Apparently, it did not start. The fire didn’t go. The officer went and took a report,” Ennis Police Lt. Mike Hopson said. “At about 2:49 that morning we got a call about somebody throwing Molotov cocktail cocktails at the house. The people that lived at the house recognized one of the suspects as Damian Gilbert. They saw him running away from the house. So that was enough to get a warrant. We arrested him on an arrest warrant.”

Hopson said the glass the bottles were composed of was too thick and didn’t break upon impacting the structure. Police took Gilbert into custody without incident on Jan. 18.

“There was a handgun in the room where he (Gilbert) was. So they filed on him for felon in possession of a firearm,” Hopson said. “He also had a parole violation on him.”

Gilbert remains custody as of Noon on Tuesday at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie with bonds totaling $11,000.

Hopson said police are still working to positively identifying a second suspect that was involved in the offense. People with information about the second suspect are asked to call Hopson at the police department. Ennis Police Department can be reached at 972-875-4462. The department is located at 119 W. Brown St. in downtown Ennis. People can also contact the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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