Tenant accused of setting fire over dispute with apartment complex

From Staff ReportsNovember 15, 2008 

— Police have charged a man with setting his residence on fire in a dispute with his apartment complex.

Christopher Leon Neal, 45, faces felony charges of first-degree and second-degree arson.

Warrants accuse him of setting fire to his apartment at 1323-C Kent Road on Thursday. Someone was home at an adjacent unit, warrants say, leading to the first-degree arson charge.

Officers think Neal was in a dispute with the apartment complex, said police spokesman Jim Sughrue, who declined to elaborate on the cause of the dispute.

Sughrue said the damage was apparently limited to carpets, furniture and smoke damage. Fire officials described the damage as minor.

Neal was being held Friday in the Wake County jail in lieu of $228,000 bail.

He also faces a misdemeanor charge of assault on a law enforcement officer.

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