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Murfreesboro man arrested after setting car on fire

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 15:15:52-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Murfreesboro man was arrested after setting a car on fire at a home where he once lived Monday night.

Murfreesboro fire crews were dispatched to the car fire just after 11:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of Jones Blvd. When they arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the vehicle, while fire was visible in the back seat.

Fire investigators concluded the fire was started intentionally. Nearly $10,000 in damage was caused to the car.

Just after midnight Tuesday, Murfreesboro police officers responded to reports of a suspicious person on the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive.

The officers found the arson suspect, 38-year-old Dustin Hughes. He was holding a knife and refused commands to drop it. An officer used non-lethal rounds on Hughes, who then dropped the knife and was taken into custody.

Hughes was taken to the hospital to be checked out before he was taken to the Rutherford County detention center. He is charged with resisting arrest and setting fire to personal property. He is in jail on a $6,000 bond.