Man threatens to kill mother, sets house on fire with her inside, police say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested and charged after police said he threatened to kill his mother then set her South Memphis home on fire Monday.

Aarick Jennings, 28, is charged with aggravated arson, evading arrest, domestic assault, and vandalism.

Court records show Jennings threatened his mother by telling her he would kill her by setting her house on fire.

Police said they were called to the home on Lucy Avenue three times between 5 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Nov. 22.

During that time, Jennings damaged a storm door and several windows around the house.

His mother told officers she was inside the house and could hear glass being broken.

According to an affidavit, Jennings told his mother the house was on fire while he was outside walking around. She called 911 and told the dispatcher her son had set her home on fire and asked for police.

The Memphis Fire Department responded to the home and found fire and smoke at the back of the house. Firefighters extinguished the fire before it could spread.

Investigators said the fire was intentionally set. It caused significant damage to the rear of the house.

Officers at the scene were told of Jenning’s location and took him into custody after a brief chase.

Jennings is in the Shelby County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

He is set to appear in court on Dec. 6.