LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A Lowndes County man faces charges after setting fire to his mother's home following a physical altercation between the two earlier.
Lowndes County Investigator Greg Wright says Travis Weatherspoon, 37, of Crawford, was arrested Saturday, March 10.
He says deputies were called to a home in Artesia and spoke to Weatherspoon's mother who told them she was assaulted by Travis at her home on Farmer's Market Street.
She told deputies Travis was angry because he wasn't allowed into the local community center and asked her for money.
She says he punched her in the face when she refused, then kicked her in the shoulder after she fell trying to get away.
Wright says Weatherspoon later fell asleep and his mother left the home.
Deputies responding to Crawford to investigate were approached by Weatherspoon with his hands raised.
While talking to him, another person notified them of a home apparently on fire.
Deputies and firefighters went to the home and saw heavy smoke coming from inside.
A person at the scene of the fire said Weatherspoon was at the home when he told people inside to get out and they noticed the smoke shortly thereafter.
Weatherspoon was arrested on charges of arson and simple domestic assault.
The case remains under investigation.
Weatherspoon is in the Lowndes County jail awaiting an appearance in Justice Court.