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February 25, 2014

Hulbert man facing felony arson charges

TAHLEQUAH — A Hulbert man is facing felony arson charges for allegedly setting fire to an RV camper last month.

Robbie Jay Henson, 36, is accused of third-degree arson.

According to reports filed by Hulbert officers Aaron Torix and Tom Pryor, Henson was involved in an argument with Sharon Gregory on Jan. 31, and threatened to burn Gregory’s house down.

Witnesses told police they overheard the threat. About 20 minutes after Henson threatened Gregory, Gregory’s camper trailer caught fire and was engulfed in flames. Police and Hulbert Fire Department responded, and Henson was spotted hiding near a neighbor’s home.

Henson then allegedly fled from the area but was arrested at about 2 a.m. Feb. 1 at his home.

According to an incident report from the Hulbert Fire Department, firefighters noticed a “strong smell of kerosene accelerant” at the camper fire. Their report was forwarded to the state fire marshal’s office.

Henson is in the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond. If convicted, he could spend up to 15 years in prison and be ordered to pay fines up to $10,000.

jnewtown@tahlequahdailypress.com

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