Michael Roy Thompson of rural Mountain Home appeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea to new charges filed against him, including domestic battery, arson and first-degree escape.
The 49-year-old Thompson has another active criminal case in which he is charged with swinging a sword and threatening to burn down a residence and motorhome parked near the residence where a couple and their young children lived.
In the newest case, Thompson is accused of being involved in an altercation involving a woman with whom he had been in a relationship for some time, according to the probable cause affidavit.
According to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, Thompson and his girlfriend had gone out together when they began to quarrel.
At one point, the girlfriend and her mother saw Thompson set fire to something near a structure in the backyard of the main house. The woman told investigators the structure in the backyard was her living quarters, but she had been in the main house with her mother when they saw Thompson start the fire.
The women called 911 to report the fire.
Thompson was said to have fled the scene before Baxter County deputies and firefighters arrived. Thompson was located and stopped on the Sheid-Hopper Bypass by Mountain Home Police officers. He was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center and then escorted to the Criminal Investigation Division building to be interviewed.
After the interview was completed, a jailer began to take Thompson back to the jail, but he fled on foot toward Hickory Street. He was quickly captured by the jailer and two other deputies. The jailer, Corporal Austin Morrison, sustained minor injuries and was treated at Baxter Regional Medical Center.
The girlfriend reported to deputies Thompson had also assaulted her the night before. She said she sustained injuries during te incident, and the deputies reported there was evidence to substantiate the claim.
In addition, Thompson was reported to have used force to break into the girlfriend's vehicle on the previous evening. In the probable cause affidavit, Thompson was reported to have ripped off the door latch and outside mirror on the driver's side of the vehicle.
In a somewhat similar case in early June last year, Thompson was arrested after Baxter County deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at a residence located along Highway 62 East.
During that confrontation, Thompson was reported to have swung a sword at the residents and threatened to burn down the house and a recreational vehicle parked near the residence where the woman's daughter, son-in-law and their three small children lived.
The woman who lived in the house reported she had gotten into an argument with Thompson, and the confrontation became physical. She said at one point, Thompson had her down on the floor in the bedroom/bathroom area of the house, and she was screaming for help.
The woman was eventually able to break away from Thompson and run to the recreational vehicle to join her relatives.
Thompson was reported to have flung the door of the RV open and threatened to set fire to it and the woman's house "with you and your family in it."
In the 2017 case, Thompson was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threatening, domestic battery and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
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