Man accused of setting fire to girlfriend's house | Crime
A Jonesboro man is in custody after police say he threatened to kill his girlfriend then set her house on fire.
Shadrack Ward, 30, is charged with felony terroristic threatening and arson.
Just before 12:30 Sunday morning police were called to a house fire in the 3400-block of Parkwood. When they arrived, the house was engulfed in flames. The fire was so intense, police said the heat melted the siding on a neighbor’s house.
According to the initial police report, officers had been called to the home late Saturday night regarding an “unwanted guest.”
The victim told police she and Ward had been arguing when he threatened to kill her. After police told Ward to leave the house, the woman said he called her and said “she was going to see the real side of him now and that he would show her.”
The victim told police she gathered Ward’s belongings and took them to his sister’s house. When she returned home, her house was in flames.
Sulcer Real Estate, which owned the home for 13 years, placed its value at $70,000.
While at the scene, police say Ward continued to phone the woman and “stated he was going to kill her.”
An officer spoke with Ward and agreed to meet him at Sonic on Gee Street. When the officer arrived at the restaurant he found Ward waiting on the sidewalk.
The officer arrested Ward on terroristic threatening and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center where a hold was placed on Ward.
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