Saturday, June 22

One Arrested For Arson In Sunday Fire

ASHEBORO N.C. (ACME NEWS)- This morning we are learning more about a mobile home fire Sunday that police believed was set intentionally.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release today that on the morning of Sunday November 21st, 2021, a deputy in the area of US 220 Bus S, near New Hope Church Rd saw a large amount of black smoke coming from Drum St. When that deputy arrived they reported a mobile home was on fire. Fire crews from several departments responded including Ulah and Westside along with Randolph County EMS responded.

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The Sheriff’s Office says they received evidence that indicated Robert Daniel Pugh, who lived at the home, had intentionally set the fire. While fire crews were working to put out the fire Pugh walked back up Drum St and was arrested at the scene. During a search of Pugh police say they found “evidence of the crime” in his possession but did not specify what that evidence was.

The Randolph County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations are all investigating further. Pugh was located walking eastbound on Drum Street.

Pugh was transported to the Randolph County Jail where the magistrate found probable cause to issue a warrant for Felony Second Degree Arson. He was also served with several outstanding warrants. Pugh was issued a $25,000 secured bond for the Arson charges, $1,000 secured for Failure to Appear on a Probation Violation and $2,000 secured for Failure to Appear on Assault on a Female. In total Pugh’s bond was set at $28,000 secured. He is set to appear in Randolph County District Court today.

Robert Daniel Pugh

  • Felony Second Degree Arson
  • Outstanding Orders for Arrest: Failure to Appear on a Probation Violation
  • Outstanding Orders for Arrest: Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor Assault on a Female