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Arrest made in Raleigh apartment fire, domestic dispute

Posted January 7, 2011

— Raleigh police arrested a 21-year-old man Thursday night in connection with a domestic dispute and fire at a Raleigh apartment complex earlier in the day.

Police said James Jarret Armistead set fire to his girlfriend's apartment at the Arbor Creek complex, 6420 Portree Place, off Buck Jones Road. The woman was not home at the time. 

Armistead was arrested around 7:30 p.m. after a store owner on Buck Jones Road reported a suspicious person in the area. Officers responded and took Armistead into custody after a short foot chase.

He is charged with first-degree arson, aggravated assault, first-degree breaking and entering, second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny, resisting a public officer and injury to real property.

The fire was reported around 2 a.m. Thursday. No one was injured, but at least one person complained of smoke inhalation.

About 15 people were displaced and three units were uninhabitable, according to the fire incident report.

Police said they responded to the same apartment earlier in the night for a domestic dispute. 


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  • Just another bad guy Jan 7, 2011

    Is he wearing a yellow feather boa? Why would anyone report him as suspicious wearing that?

  • ccs1920 Jan 7, 2011

    Most of these young men are proud of their criminal history. I imagine that the victim knew about this guy.

  • shortcake53 Jan 7, 2011

    Wow, this poor girl. Now everyone on here is blaming her for the creeps behaviour. I guess that means the Southernlady has goggled all the bagboys at her grocers, her mailman, all the teachers at school, the sanitation crew, her doctors, anyone that has waited on her in a restaurant, and anyone else that has crossed her path. Now if any of these people get in trouble, we can say it was HER fault for not knowing. SMH

  • SouthernLady05 Jan 7, 2011

    "Southernlady, HOW exactly was she to know about his criminal record??"-Shortcake53

    Google it. It took me 10 seconds to find his record... woulda taken her the same. Now she didn't deserve this, no one does. What I am saying is, this was preventable. People should know who they are dating (I not for one second believe she didn't know his past/present).

    Angimomma- exactly.

  • ccs1920 Jan 7, 2011

    Read this guys record that SouthernLady pulled up. Women love to date guys like this. They receive a lot of gifts from these guys. None purchased of course.

  • angimomma Jan 7, 2011

    Not for nothing shortcake, you're right he could have been very charming and all that but if it was easy enough for southernLady to look up it was for the dear girlfriend to as well. Woman should be making it their business to know these things, especially if they have children.

  • shortcake53 Jan 7, 2011

    Southernlady, HOW exactly was she to know about his criminal record?? He may have been very charming at first and she had no idea of his background. Dont blame HER, blame HIM. HE knew what he was all about and I'm sure he didnt disclose this to girlfriends.

  • bmg379 Jan 7, 2011

    I don't think he looks suspicious at all

  • nonemeant Jan 7, 2011

    That girlfriend better be on the look out. I guarantee he will make his $1,000 bail in a NY minute.

  • SouthernLady05 Jan 7, 2011

    "And let me guess.....he's got priors. Althought there is no mention of it in the article. Another stand up member of society."

    Yep. Looked him up in public records (http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view)... Priors Dating Back to when he was 18 (there are much more I'm sure but you can't see juvie records). Convicted Felon, Multiple offenses- Larceny, Shop Lifting, Resisting an Officer, Trespassing, B&E Vehicles, Possesion of Stolen Goods, Receiving Stolen Vehicle... All in the 4 years since he turned 18.

    I feel bad for the victims, but at somepoint... women should stop dating people like this. She had to have known his record... why date a criminal?