Crimetracker: Arson spurs attempted murder charge for Riceville man

RICEVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A 50 year-old Riceville man faces multiple charges, including attempted murder and arson, after allegedly setting his neighbor's car and home on fire early Friday morning, according to the McMinn Co. Sheriff's Office.

“His animosity towards his neighbors is unexplainable, it’s simply disturbing. Nothing is much worse than a bad neighbor,” said Sheriff Joe Guy.

Charles Jones will face two counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated arson, aggravated stalking, and violating an order of protection when he appears in court on Monday.

Jones is accused of setting the car and garage fires at the Hixon family home, 140 County Road 146, around 3:00 a.m. Two people were home at the time, police said.

“The Hixon family have, over the past few months, experienced problems with a neighbor, Charles A. Jones, who has repeatedly harassed and stalked them,” said Sheriff Guy.

A few hours after the fire, Jones reportedly called McMinn Co. 911 to file a complaint against the Hixon's. While talking to Sheriff's Officers, they say, Jones admitted to burning the car and house.

“Jones was arrested for the offenses a few weeks ago, and an order of protection against Jones was handed down from court. Of course, Jones was a suspect in this incident as well,” noted Guy.

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