Man Accused Of Burning Home During Domestic Incident

A Four Oaks man was arrested after authorities said he intentionally set fire to his rental mobile home during a domestic disturbance.

Monday afternoon, a 36 year-old female called the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office saying she had allegedly been assaulted by her boyfriend at their home at 174 Charlie Road.   Deputies found the woman walking on Charlie Road near the address. Deputies approached the home and noticed heavy smoke coming from inside, preventing them from entering.

Authorities said 31 year-old Teddy Ruebon Strickland fled from the burning home and was detained.

Fire crews from the Blackmon’s Crossroads, Four Oaks, and Strickland’s Crossroads Fire Departments responded and contained the blaze.

Strickland was transported by ambulance to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield for what authorities described as self-inflicted injuries.  Deputies also seized a butcher knife from the home as evidence.

After his release from the hospital Monday night, Strickland was charged with second degree arson, injury to personal property, and domestic assault on a female.

The doublewide mobile home, owned by W.C. Massengill of Four Oaks, sustained an estimated $10,000 in damage.   The Johnston County Fire Marshal is assisting with the investigation.

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