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Arrest made in Raleigh apartment fire, domestic dispute

Posted January 7, 2011 5:20 a.m. EST

— 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.