North Carolina man accused of setting fire at duplex

January 7, 2022 GMT

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police have accused a North Carolina man of setting a duplex on fire and trapping a resident inside the building by holding a door.

Firefighters in Thomasville responding to a fire on Wednesday evening found both units engulfed in flames, news outlets reported.

A man inside one of the units told police that another man threatened to kill him. The victim saw and smelled smoke but couldn’t get away at first because that man was holding the door shut while shouting “You’re going to die,” according to Thomasville police.

Firefighters found Jason Ray Weeks, 48, at the scene. Police said Weeks tried to run into the burning building but firefighters managed to stop him. He ran away again before officers found him on a street and arrested him, police said.

Weeks was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree arson. He is being held in the Davidson County jail under a $125,000 secured bond for the first-degree arson. An additional bond will be set for attempted first-degree murder when Weeks goes before a judge. It’s not known if he has an attorney.