LUMBERTON — A Robeson County man faces charges for a Sunday morning fire at a neighbor’s home, as well as an arson two months ago, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.
Charles Nelson Oxendine, 48, of the Chapel area, was charged on Tuesday with second-degree arson in the fire at the Oakgrove Church Road home of Brantly Allen after being arrested on Monday for second-degree trespassing, assault and misdemeanor breaking and entering at that same residence, according to sheriff’s Lt. Brian Duckworth.
Allen returned home at about 1 a.m. on Sunday to find Oxendine on his property, Duckworth said. Allen saw the fire, which had been set to the vinyl underpinning, and was able to extinguish the flames, according to Duckworth. He estimated damage to Allen’s home to be about $100.
On Wednesday, Oxendine was charged with burning personal property and burning other structures by sheriff’s Detective Adam Chavis for a fire in May that started in a vehicle and spread to a nearby building, Duckworth said.
‘There are several breaking and enterings and larcenies that he is a suspect in, and we’re hoping people will come forward now that he is out of the picture,” he said.
Oxendine has previously faced charges of breaking and entering, larceny, drug possession, worthless checks and drunk and disorderly conduct.