UPDATE: Jealous boyfriend charged with starting fire at Huntington strip club

Published: Dec. 13, 2017 at 4:11 AM EST
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UPDATE 12/13/17 @ 6:22 p.m.

Investigators said a jealous boyfriend tried to set fire to a Huntington strip club early Wednesday morning, all because he didn't want his girlfriend working there anymore. He was caught, in part, because from across the street, he allegedly yelled to a witness to leave it alone and mind his own business.

The list of damage at JB's Gentlemen's Club along U.S. 60 is long: burned A/C unit, burned wall, damaged siding, damaged camera, missing neon sign, and damaged front door.

"It's crazy. It's Huntington,” said General Manager Jim Reed. “This whole town is crazy anymore."

A new door is already in place with the old one already in the dumpster.

The fire broke out about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Someone passing by called it in. Across U.S. 60, from the Walmart parking lot, a man yelled over to mind his own business and leave it alone.

Deputies say that man is 21-year-old Creio Bishop, a boyfriend to one of the JB's dancers.

"It's stupid. She's trying to make a living for herself. He's not doing nothing,” Reed said. “She's paying the bills from what I understand."

It’s a situation unlike anything Sheriff Chuck Zerkle has ever seen. He’s thankful that surveillance video helped show the arsonist and, soon after, to an arrest.

"Young guy,” said the sheriff. “He got himself in a big mess now."

It’s video that's becoming a lot more common these days and not just for businesses, but homes too.

"Oh it makes our lives a lot easier," he said.

But it's not easy for Reed. He estimates the total damage amounts to about $1,000.

"It don't seem like much, but it hurts."

Still, with all the attempts, he's thankful that it's not any worse.

"I'm just glad they caught it when they did because it could have moved in there, it'd been bad," Reed said.

Reed adds the girlfriend has worked here about six months and is very quiet and nice. She was in tears when she got home and Bishop wasn't there, not knowing where he was.

But Reed says, if Bishop gets out of jail, he can't afford to keep her as a dancer.

"I hate doing it but I got to protect my business," Reed said. “He might do this again. It might be worse next time."

JB’s policy is to not allow any boyfriends or husbands into the strip club when their girlfriend or wife is working. But Reed said they still sneak in sometimes and have been known to start a fight.

He had never seen Bishop before Wednesday morning.

Bishop is charged with second-degree arson and currently in the Western Regional Jail. His bond is $10,000.

UPDATE 12/13/17 @ 1:15 p.m.

A man has been arrested for allegedly setting fire to a strip club in Huntington because he told deputies he didn't want his girlfriend working there anymore.

The fire started just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at JB's Gentleman's Club along Route 60.

According to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office, Creio Bishop, 21, of Huntington, is charged with second-degree arson after the fire.

Investigators say Bishop set fire to the outside of the building then took off.

He was caught in the parking lot of a Walmart store across the street.

Deputies say Bishop told a witness to leave the fire alone and mind his own business.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The damage was contained to the front entrance of the building.

Bishop is being held in Western Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.

UPDATED 12/13/17 @4:51 a.m.

Route 60 has reopened after being shut down for nearly an hour after a fire at J.B.'s Gentleman's Club in Cabell County.

The fire started about 3:45 at the business near Woodland Dr. The fire was contained to the area around the door.

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ORIGINAL STORY 12/13/17 @ 4:15 a.m.

A fire at J.B.'s Gentleman's club has shut down all lanes of Rt. 60 in Cabell County at Woodland Dr.

The fire started about 3:45 Wednesday morning.

Fire crews have shut down the road in both directions, but say they do not need access to a hydrant to fight the fire, which was visible at the front door when firefighters arrived.

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