Man accused of holding mother against her will, torching house
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Sept. 7, 2006 -- A 28-year-old Hopkins County man was being held in the Hopkins County Jail Thursday morning on charges of arson and public intoxication as the result of a series of incidents at a residence on FM 3236.

Deputies were called just after 1 a.m. Thursday morning to what Sheriff Butch Adams said was a "hostage-type situation" on Hatchetville Road. Officers were met at the scene by firefighters responding to a reported house fire.

Adams said the man, identified as Christopher Daniel Davis, had apparently held his mother hostage for more than two hours in her home before she was able to escape and call for help.

"Davis had gone to his mother's house and somehow got agitated about something -- we don't know what yet -- and made it where she couldn't leave or make a phone call for about two hours," Adams said. "She was able to get him into another part of the house, grab her keys and got in her car and left."

The sheriff said the woman went to two neighbor's houses but was unable to get anyone to answer the door. She then called another family member, who called the sheriff's office.

But after the victim escaped from the residence, Davis apparently set fire to the house, Adams said.

While firefighters worked to contain the fire, deputies located the man some distance from the burning mobile home.

After placing Davis in a patrol truck, the man became violent, according to Adams, kicking the windows and hitting his head on the truck. He was placed into a padded cell at the jail.

Justice of the Peace Yvonne King said she would arraign Davis later Thursday or Friday morning.

The kitchen area of the home sustained heavy fire damage, while the rest of the structure sustained heavy smoke damage.

Arson investigators were at the house by mid-morning Thursday trying to determine how the fire started.

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