A man was arrested Thursday morning after women’s clothing and property were set on fire in a domestic dispute on Waddell Circle, and a neighbor was assaulted, authorities said.
Oak Ridge Police Department patrol officers and investigators responded to the call at 171 Waddell Circle at 7:58 a.m. Thursday, a press release said. They determined that it was a continuation of an earlier domestic call involving a male subject identified as Christopher Crandall.
“Officers discovered a large pile of personal belongings and women’s clothing belonging to the victim burning in the yard, which was extinguished by members of the Oak Ridge Fire Department,” the press release said. “Officers were unable to locate Crandall after a search of the area, as he had apparently fled the area on foot prior to police arrival.”
Two hours later, at 9:58 a.m., police officers were again summoned to the area for an assault that had taken place involving Crandall, the release said.
“Upon arrival, officers determined Mr. Crandall had entered the neighbor’s house at 181 Wade Lane and assaulted a resident, causing bodily injury,” the release said. “After this occurred, Mr. Crandall fled on foot.”
Officers searched the area and were directed to a wooded trail that led from the suspect’s house. Crandall was located near this trail and taken into custody on Hutchinson Circle without incident, the release said.
He was then taken to the Anderson County Detention Center, where he was charged with arson of personal property, aggravated burglary, and aggravated assault.
The ORPD said the investigation remains ongoing, and no further details will be released at this time.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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