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Man Arrested for Threating to Burn Down His Trailer

Friday, 31 August 2018

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man last night for dousing his trailer with gasoline and threatening to burn it down with others inside. According to the initial investigation, officers responded to a domestic disturbance on Maynardville Pike around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The victim told officers that she and her ex-boyfriend, 52-year-old Douglas Hemphill, had been in an argument and that he had assaulted her. Hemphill told officers that no assault had occurred, and officers did not see any visible injuries on the victim. She was advised of her rights and given information on how to contact the Family Crisis Unit. She was also offered a ride to a safe place, but she refused it.

After officers left, the victim called 911 to report that Hemphill was attempting to set their trailer on fire. Officers arrived back on the scene and found the victim and another resident of the trailer outside. They had escaped through the back bedroom window after smelling gasoline and then hearing Hemphill say he was going to burn down the trailer. Officers took Hemphill into custody and learned that after they had left the first time that Hemphill grabbed the victim by her arm, forced her inside the trailer, and said he was going to burn the trailer down with her and the other resident inside. Rural Metro responded and found multiple propane tanks and several gallons of gasoline poured throughout the home. Hemphill then threatened to kill his roommates while being placed into the transportation vehicle.

Hemphill is charged with domestic assault and aggravated arson. He is being held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a combined $45,000 bond, and has a criminal history in Knox County that includes domestic assault, public intoxication, vandalism, theft, criminal impersonation, simple possession/casual exchange, possession of drug paraphernalia, escape, aggravated burglary, worthless checks, evading arrest, traffic offenses, and disorderly conduct.

No mugshot is available at this time.



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