STATE NEWS

DEL CITY MAN CONVICTED OF ARSON AND MAKING THREATS OVER CELL PHONE


OKLAHOMA CITY – A federal jury has convicted ALLEN JAMES BULLOCK, 42, of Del City, of interstate transmission of threatening communication and arson, announced U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

On March 19, 2024, a federal grand jury returned a two-count Superseding Indictment against Bullock, charging him with interstate transmission of threatening communication and arson. On May 21, 2024, a federal jury found Bullock guilty on both counts. 

Evidence presented at trial indicated that in the early morning hours of November 14, 2023, the Del City Fire Department extinguished a fire at a nearby apartment complex. The fire was contained to the entrance of the apartment and did not spread further. The tenant of the apartment was not home at the time and told authorities he believed Bullock may have started the fire. The victim worked with Bullock’s wife and claimed that just hours before the fire, Bullock called and threatened the victim several times because the victim gifted a shirt to Bullock’s wife. Cell phone records show that Bullock did call the victim multiple times the night of the fire, and an analysis of surveillance footage shows Bullock arriving at the victim’s apartment complex shortly before the fire was set. Surveillance footage also shows that Bullock visited a nearby gas station to purchase $.50 of gasoline minutes before the fire, and expert testimony at trial confirmed that debris samples from the fire tested positive for the presence of gasoline.

Following his conviction, Bullock faces not less than 5 years and up to 25 years in federal prison and fines totaling up to $500,000.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Del City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stan J. West and Matthew Dillon are prosecuting the case. Reference is made to public filings for additional information.