Tuesday, 18 June 2019 13:29

Richmond County deputies charge man with attempted murder, arson

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ROCKINGHAM ― A man is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly setting fire to an occupied home.

When the East Rockingham Fire Department responded Sunday to the scene on Stokes Road, south of Rockingham, the fire was already out, according to Deputy Chief Bill Bayless.

Bayless said it appeared the fire was started on the outside on the porch and it went up the vinyl siding, causing damage to the exterior of the home.

He added that it was his understanding that the resident extinguished the fire with a garden hose.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect, 34-year-old Kenneth Gerald Allen, of Greenbriar Lane, was caught on a home surveillance system starting the fire.

Allen was arrested Tuesday and charged with one felony count each of arson and attempted first-degree murder. He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court July 10.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Allen was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2012 and spent three years and one month behind bars.