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Authorities: Rougemont man tried to set Bahama house on fire

Posted December 19, 2013

Connie Huff Blanchard
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— A Rougemont man caught trying to set a Durham County house on fire has been arrested, authorities said Thursday.

Connie Huff Blanchard, 65,of 5123 Bahama Road, was charged with first-degree arson and attempted first-degree murder. He was being held in the Durham County jail under a $1 million bond.

Deputies responded to a home in the 11000 block of Wilkins Road in Bahama at about 11 p.m. Tuesday after the homeowner, James Mangum, called to report someone trying to set his house on fire.

Mangum told the deputies that he was inside his home and smelled smoke. When he went outside to investigate, he said, he found Blanchard using a blow torch to set the house ablaze. He said he fought Blanchard over control of the blow torch, and Blanchard fled.

The two men know each other, authorities said, but the motive for the crime remains under investigation.

Deputies arrested Blanchard at his home, and paramedics treated him for injuries he suffered in the fight, authorities said.

Mangum hasn't been charged in connection with his fight with Blanchard, authorities said.


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  • Workingrepublican Dec 20, 2013

    thats whatI talking about....this guy got his hump whipped...this is the america I know...protecting whats yours...

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Dec 20, 2013

    He was gonna burn the man's house down and didn't expect a fight ? He's lucky the man didn't shoot him.

  • Smart Alex Dec 19, 2013

    Well I bet he won't try that again!

  • Brogden Dec 19, 2013

    From that picture I am thinking Blanchard "fled" because Mangum was kicking his you-know-what!!!! Good job, Mr. Mangum!!!

  • westernwake1 Dec 19, 2013

    Looks like he got totally beat-down by the homeowner whose house he tried to burn down.

  • stymieindurham Dec 19, 2013

    Somebody got a whopping and their "I's" dotted.

  • censorbait Dec 19, 2013

    Gotta give Magnum a unanimous decision or TKO because Blanchard obviously got whupped. Justice was not delayed in this case. Whew!

  • mafiamic Dec 19, 2013

    Looks like he fought him pretty good after he got the torch and before he called the police?

  • davido Dec 19, 2013

    "The moral to this story is never take a blow torch to a fist fight." tommys5

    Yes, I'm kinda sorry I didn't come up with that one. :-) But I will counter with: THE DUDE ABIDES!

  • jmc3 Dec 19, 2013

    Nice to see a fight settled the "old fashioned way", no guns involved!