Dyersburg man faces charges after Christmas tree, child’s gifts burned
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (KBSI) – A Dyersburg man faces charges after police say he burned a Christmas tree and a child’s presents.
James Walker, 25, Dyersburg, faces charges of aggravated burglary, public intoxication, resisting arrest, aggravated arson, simple possession, failure to appear out of Dyersburg City Court, and is being held for Pemiscot County, Missouri for active warrants, according to the Dyersburg Police Department.
Dyersburg police responded to Greentree Apartments in reference to a disturbance on Dec. 18 about 12:30 a.m.
When officers arrived, a man later identified as Walker ran away on foot from the officer, according to the Dyersburg Police Department.
Following a short foot chase, Walker was arrested.
Officers learned from a neighbor that Walker was seen going in and out of an apartment carrying items and placing them into his car, according to police.
Walker allegedly removed some items from the home, wrapped the Christmas tree in a child’s blanket, and set the tree on fire along with the presents.
Officers also saw that a window had been opened to vent the fire, and the apartment’s smoke detector had been covered.
The resident of the apartment was not at home at the time. The resident returned home after being informed of the fire.
The victim reports that Walker was an acquaintance, and earlier in the day the victim, her brother, and Walker were in involved in an altercation, according to police.
The Dyersburg Police Department’s Community Changer stepped in and replaced all of the child’s presents that were damaged, in addition to a few extra gifts.
Community Changer is a community outreach initiative that was developed by the DPD to enhance police and community relationships by improving quality of life, and public safety through civility, mentoring, and community policing. DPD’s Community Changer is supported and funded by the community through donations and fundraisers.