Police Say Man Admitted Burning Apison Residence After Fight With Girlfriend

Monday, February 11, 2013

Police said a Cleveland, Tn., man admitted burning an Apison residence after a fight with his girlfriend.

Richard Lee Dillon, 55, is charged with aggravated arson, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and interference with emergency personnel.

In the incident Friday, deputies were summoned to 5104 Wesleyan Road, where a residence had burned and a man was seen walking around with a gas can.

A neighbor said she saw Dillon pouring gasoline on the front of the house.

The girlfriend, Edna Wells, said earlier in the evening they were in an argument that turned physical. She said Dillon was heavily intoxicated and that he grabbed her by both arms and held her down.

She said he told her he would either slash her throat or slash his and have her watch him bleeding. She said he pulled out his knife and stabbed it in the kitchen table.

Ms. Wells said she was finally able to run out the back door.

Dillon threw her cellphone into the fireplace, it was stated.

Authorities said Dillon admitted pouring oil and gasoline throughout the residence and an outbuilding in an attempt to burn it all down.

Damage to the residence was put at $100,000.   



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