Domestic dispute leads to house fire in Asheboro; suspect arrested

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Dewayne Lamont Andrews

ASHEBORO, N.C. — A suspect was arrested after a domestic dispute led to a house fire on Tuesday morning, according to Assistant Chief of Police Jim Smith with Asheboro police.

Dewayne Lamont Andrews, 33, of Asheboro, is charged with injury to personal property, threatening phone call, cyberstalking – threats by email, resisting a public officer and first-degree arson.

On Tuesday at about 6:20 a.m., Asheboro police responded to 549 N. Elm St. in reference to a domestic disturbance that led to a house fire.

Officers determined that following an argument between Andrews and a female, Andrews allegedly set fire to a trash can that was next to the residence.

The fire spread to the awning of the house. Officer Tony Hasty was able to put the majority of the fire out, with the Asheboro Fire Department responding to finish the job, Smith said.

A suspect was developed and was spotted a short time later by Officer Troy Vincent, Smith said. Andrews saw Vincent and ran from him, but was captured after a brief foot chase.

Andrews was placed in the Randolph County Jail with no bond allowed.

There were four people inside the residence at the time of the fire, Smith said. No injuries were reported.