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Oklahoma City man arrested after attempting to set fire to home while still inside

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Police are releasing new details about a seven-hour standoff that took place in Northwest Oklahoma City on Christmas Eve that resulted in a man’s arrest.

Police say Derrick Montreal Jones attempted to set fire to a home where he remained.

Derrick Montreal Jones Courtesy of the Oklahoma County Detention Center

According to a police report, firefighters arrived in the vicinity around 8 p.m. Christmas Eve due to complaints of smoke.

As they went door-to-door to warn residents, Jones replied with the quote, “I don’t want help – I’m trying to burn this mother down to stay with me in the house.”

Jones then refused to go out and proceeded to barricade the inside of the mansion. Fire authorities reported seeing a small fire in the front room of the structure.

“They notified the police and when the officers got out they were in the same situation,” Sgt said. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police. “He has no intention of leaving.”

Both police and fire brigade were present during the standoff, with one man managing the public address system.

Police said they were able to speak to the man’s mother. She told police Jones had been walking around the house earlier with a long knife. When she took it off him, he took another knife and kept pacing back and forth. She finally left the house.

“In the hours since this happened, the police have delivered tear gas into… the residence,” Knight said. “That eventually forced him out.”

Police still don’t know what motivated him to fence himself in the house.

They said that surrounding residential areas were evacuated in this situation.

Jones has since been placed in an Oklahoma County jail after peacefully surrendering.

They added that no one was injured during the standoff or extraction.

https://kfor.com/news/local/oklahoma-city-man-arrested-after-trying-to-burn-house-down-while-still-inside/ Oklahoma City man arrested after attempting to set fire to home while still inside

JACLYN DIAZ

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