published Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Man arrested in arson fire at Wesleyan Road home

A man seen walking around a burning house on Wesleyan Road with a gas can has been charged with arson and aggravated assault, authorities said.

Richard Lee Dillon, 55, had argued with his girlfriend, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said in a news release.

Deputies were called to the home at 5104 Wesleyan Road about 9 p.m. Saturday along with the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.

Witnesses saw smoke and fire coming from the house and a man walking around with a gas can, Atkinson said.

They arrested Dillon on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated arson, felony reckless endangerment false imprisonment and interference with emergency calls. He was booked into the Hamilton County Jail on $105,000 bond pending a March 4 court appearance.

The homeowner estimated the fire damage at $100,000, Atkinson said.

about Staff Report...

Get breaking news from the Times Free Press on Twitter at or by visiting us on Facebook or Twitter at the right:

Other National Articles

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »


Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.