Iredell County man charged with arson

htrenda@charlotteobserver.comDecember 13, 2013 

Roger Lee Allen

IREDELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

An Iredell County man has been charged with arson – accused of setting his mother’s house on fire, officials said.

Roger Lee Allen, 41, of the Stony Point community has been charged with second-degree arson after an investigation by the Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office, officials said Friday.

On Nov. 3, Iredell County sheriff’s deputies said they were called to a domestic dispute between a mother and son, and while en route received information the residence was on fire.

When they arrived, the mother told deputies that she and her son, Allen, were arguing when she became fearful and went to her mother’s nearby home.

While there, Allen came to the house and continued to verbally abuse his mom, officials said. A short time after Allen left, the mother told deputies she saw her house on fire, the cause of which was later deemed suspicious by the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Deputies said they found Allen at the scene of the fire and arrested him for damage he had allegedly done to his mother’s vehicle. During the investigation, authorities said they found evidence to charge Allen with arson.

Allen was arrested Tuesday and placed under a $25,000 secured bond at the Iredell County Detention Center.

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