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Poinsett County - Rebecca Smith Reports

Trumann Couple Targeted With Fire, Suspects In Custody

Trumann- One normally quiet neighborhood in Trumann was alight with activity Sunday, when two men were involved in an altercation with a couple living there. 

Trumann police say Raoul Simpson, Sr. tried to set Scott Miles, 43,  and Tracy Cook, 35, on fire as they were sleeping.

"He was screaming burn, burn, burn and he jumped in the car, put on the gas, backed out real fast and took off down the street," said neighbor Catherine Walsh.  

The couple weren't injured but for Simpson Sr. it was a different story.

After leading police on a chase he crashed his car, went to St. Bernards Hospital with minor injuries and then into the Poinsett County Detention Center.

"He had the 5-gallon gas jug and took the lid off while they were sleeping," said Trumann Police Chief, Larry Bragg. "He got on top of Mr. Miles and was pouring it over his head. I don't know if he thought he lit them on fire, maybe he did, I don't know."

Simpson's son, Raoul Simpson, Jr. will face charges for his role in an altercation with the same couple earlier that day.

"There was an incident earlier in the day that Raoul Simpson, Jr. and his dad supposedly went into the same house and got into a confrontation with Mr. Miles and fought with him," said Bragg.

Raoul Simpson, Sr., 43, 1440 Craighead 618, Bay, is charged with attempted murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 31 in Poinsett County Circuit Court in Harrisburg.

Raoul Simpson, Jr., who turned himself into police this afternoon, will face burglary and battery charges.


Questions or Comments? E-mail Rebecca at rsmith@kait8.com

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