Illinois man accused of threatening fire in GOP office

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man is accused of threatening to set fire to property inside the Republican Committee Office in Murphysboro.

Robin Little (Source: JCSO)
Robin Little
(Source: JCSO)

The Southern Illinoisan reports that 48-year-old Robin Leon Little was charged with intimidation, resisting a peace officer and disorderly conduct.

In documents filed by Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr, authorities accuse Little of telling someone he was going to burn items inside the office.

According to the complaint, Little fought with an officer trying to arrest him.

Little is being held in the Jackson County Jail. His bond was set at $20,000.

Jackson County Republican Chairperson Gloria Campos claims Little was pounding his fists on the walls of the headquarters, and making physical threats toward Illinois State Representative Terri Bryant and U.S. Congressman Mike Bost (R) , both Murphysboro Republicans.

Three days after Little was arrested, a fire officials are calling “suspicious” burned a Department of Human Services office just up the road from the Republican headquarters.

The building houses the DHS office, as well as the offices of Bryant, and State Senator David Luechtefeld, an Okawville Republican.

According to law enforcement, as of October 20th, investigators have not confirmed any correlation between the two incidents.

The fire is considered ’suspicious’, but at this time there is currently no indication of political motivation.

It was not immediately clear if Little had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.