An Ash Flat man faces arson charges after he allegedly set the home he shared with his wife and children ablaze May 25.
Jerry Wayne McCord, 50, is charged with terroristic threatening, a class D felony, and arson, a class A felony.
Sharp County Deputy Tim McComas responded to a call May 25 from Diane McCord who reported her home had been burned down. Diane McCord told McComas she and her children had spent the night away from the home after her husband had threatened to burn the house down.
The structure, which is listed in Diane McCord's name, was completely lost in the fire, along with the contents inside the home, said Det. Sgt. David Huffmaster. The damage is estimated to be in excess of $15,000, he said.
This wasn't the first trip made to the home. Sharp County Deputy Jeremy Qualls had gone to the home May 24 and spoke with McCord who said his wife left him with their children and property in tow.
"Jerry McCord further indicated to Deputy Qualls that he had intentions of burning the residence down," Huffmaster said. "Deputy Qualls informed Jerry McCord he should not do this and informed him he could not burn any property that might belong to someone else."
Qualls went back to the home the next morning and saw the front door open and oil spread on the floor inside. Qualls extinguished a small fire and began searching for McCord. Then, hours later, police received the call from Diane McCord.
McCord was arrested and placed in the custody of county authorities, Huffmaster said. No bond has been set.