Izard County authorities have arrested a woman for allegedly setting two vehicles on fire and pulling a gun on a man who chased her when he exited his residence after hearing a boom and seeing a flash from the blaze.
According to the probable cause affidavit, 43-year-old Chasity Metcalf has been charged with two felony counts of arson and a single felony count of aggravated assault.
The incident occurred Saturday morning shortly before 7 at a residence along Harris Street in Pineville.
When a deputy from the Izard County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the Pineville Fire Department had extinguished the fires. The deputy was shown a gas jug at the end of the driveway and a lighter fluid bottle under one of the vehicles.
The deputy spoke with a witness, William Malone, at the residence.
Malone said dogs started barking, and he went to the front door of the residence where he observed the blaze and a female taking off and throwing a gas jug. Malone said he gave chase. When he caught up with the woman, he grabbed her and recognized her as Metcalf. No details were provided on how he knew the suspect.
At that point, he alleges Metcalf pulled a black gun, stuck it in his face, cocked the hammer back and yelled at him.
He said he threw his hands in the air and started back to the vehicles that were on fire to try and put them out.
A female witness at the residence said she awoke to Malone yelling frantically to call 911, heard a loud boom and saw the pursuit, including Metcalf pulling the gun.
The deputy noted gas was poured on the vehicles.
Malone reportedly said one of the two burned vehicles belongs to his girlfriend, Kerry Sager, and the second belonged to a “Jessica,” but he didn’t know her last name. Value of the two vehicles was set at $7,500.
Metcalf’s bond was set at $20,000.
Sager and Malone were arrested and charged last month on multiple drug offenses, after they were found in the home of a woman serving prison time who is apparently on her way to trial in Baxter County in mid-November.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the 39-year-old Sager and the 35-year-old Malone were discovered in the Izard County home of 26-year-old Kaitlyn Johnston-Morris. The discovery came during a home visit Sept. 18 by members of Arkansas Community Corrections and an Arkansas State Police trooper in Pineville.
Homeowner Johnston-Morris is an inmate in the McPherson Unit of the state prison system on a drug conviction from Izard County. She has an extensive history of drug charges and is on track for a trial after rejecting a plea offer from the state late last month.
When discovered in the Izard County home, Sager told law officers she was staying at the residence along Harris Street in Pineville with Johnston-Morris’ permission while she is incarcerated.
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