Obion County man faces arson, attempted arson, weapons charges

Published 3:20 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

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OBION COUNTY/GIBSON COUNTY – An investigation by special agent fire investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Kenton man, who has been charged following a series of fires or attempted fires over the weekend and the discovery of explosive devices in two counties.
On January 1, TBI special agents joined the Kenton Police Department in investigating multiple suspicious fires in the Kenton area, which includes both Obion and Gibson counties. The investigation also included investigators with the Obion and Gibson County Sheriffs’ Departments, as well as the Jackson Police Department bomb squad. On December 31 and through January 1, attempts were made to set fire to structures and a vehicle. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that identified Joseph Huffman as the individual responsible for the fire and attempts, and the placement of prohibited weapons.
On January 1, agents arrested Joseph Huffman, 33, on the Obion County charges. He was charged with one count of attempted arson and five counts of prohibited weapons to Include an explosive. On January 2, the Gibson County grand jury returned indictments charging Huffman with one count of arson, one count of vandalism, and one count of prohibited weapon to include an explosive. He was booked into the Obion County Jail and bond has not yet been set. This investigation remains open.

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