PEARL RIVER COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A Pearl River County man faces assault and arson charges after his mother told investigators he set fire to their home during an argument.
Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies responded to 234 Old Kiln Rd. around 9:30pm Tuesday. Pearl River County Sheriff’s Investigator Marc Ogden told WLOX News Now Auston Emmons, 28, tried to set several fires during a domestic dispute with his mother Brenda Emmons and other family members, finally succeeding setting fire inside the families mobile home.
When authorities arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames. Family said Auston then ran into the surrounding woods.
Wednesday night, deputies found Emmons and arrested him without incident. He’s charged with one count of simple assault domestic violence, two counts of misdemeanor simple assault and one count of arson.
The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the Pearl River County Fire Marshal with the ongoing investigation.