Additional Charges Filed in Greene St. Arson Investigation

The Columbia Police and Fire Departments and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announce that additional charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man in connection with the Greene Street arson investigations.

Frank John Wilberding (DOB: 6-8-1997) is now charged with Ten Counts of Assault and Battery – First Degree (concurrent).

The charges stem from the suspect allegedly setting fire to a home at 1716 Greene Street with no regard for the life and safety of the victims inside on May 14, 2019.

Flames spread to the home next door (1710 Greene Street) causing significant damage to both buildings. Total estimated cost of damages is approximately $450,000.00. All of the victims made it out safely and no one was injured.

During the course of the investigation, CPD, CFD and SLED discovered that Wilberding allegedly set fire to materials on the back porch at 1828 Greene Street. Flames extinguished on their own.

Wilberding was initially charged with Three Counts of Arson – Second Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance – Schedule IV (Xanax). CPD, CFD and SLED consulted with the Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office regarding all of the charges.

This afternoon, a judge denied bond on the arson charges, set a $100,000 bond on the Assault and Battery – First Degree charges, and a $2,000 bond on the narcotics charge.

Wilberding is currently housed at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC).

All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.