Oak Ridge man remains jailed on attempted arson, aggravated assault charges

John Devin Ingram

John Devin Ingram

An Oak Ridge man remained jailed on Sunday on charges of aggravated assault and attempted arson after he allegedly poured lighter fluid on his wife, their home, and another victim, and tried to start a truck on fire, authorities said.

John Ingram, 23, was arrested Monday morning. Authorities said he had allegedly poured lighter fluid on the interior of a truck and side of a duplex that he and his wife share on Hunter Place and threatened to light it on fire. Ingram allegedly tried to start the truck on fire using a cigarette lighter, Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Garrett Robbins wrote in arrest warrants filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court.

Before leaving the home, Ingram had allegedly pushed his wife down, and he is accused of pouring lighter fluid on her and another victim as they stood outside the truck, the warrants said.

“The defendant struck a lighter in (an) attempt to light the vehicle on fire, placing the victim in fear of immediate injury or death,” Robbins wrote.

Ingram is also accused of evading arrest by fleeing on foot from ORPD Officer Simon Byrne, jumping a chain link fence and running into woods behind the duplex after Byrne identified himself as an officer and yelled, “Police, stop and show me your hands,” the warrants said.

Ingram was also arrested on unrelated theft charges, the warrants said, from two overnight auto burglaries, one on Pearl Road and the other on Pomona Road. The Pearl Road victim reported a backpack that contained a laptop computer valued at $200, as well as books and papers, was taken from an unlocked vehicle. The Pomona Road victim said a skateboard valued at $150 had been stolen from a ransacked vehicle.

Ingram had the stolen items when he was arrested for aggravated assault at 6:45 a.m. Monday, the warrants said. He has a court hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 15.

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