At 10:06 a.m. Saturday morning, the North Platte Fire Department, the Nebraska State Patrol and North Platte police converged on the 900 block of East Eighth to check out a reported fire and disturbance.
Officers met with an elderly woman there, who lives with Jeremy Huckins, 39.
Huckins had left the area before police arrived, according to the police report.
The woman said Huckins had been “out of control for a few days” and he was very upset with her, the police report said. The woman said the night before, Huckins kicked her in the face and forced her to take an unknown medication. He would not allow her to leave and took away her phone, police spokeswoman Beth Kerr said.
The next morning, the woman said she awakened to the smell of something burning. She found a bunch of items on fire in the living room, and watched as Huckins added more to the fire.
She said the front door was blocked with furniture, but she was able to get out through another door and call 911.
Police found Huckins later that day, around 3 p.m., Kerr said.
Huckins resisted and struggled, and was finally shocked with a tazer. He was apprehended and charged with first-degree arson, abuse of a vulnerable/elderly adult, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and taken to jail, where he continued to resist.
After a ruckus at the jail, Huckins was charged with assault on a corrections officer, criminal mischief and assault by a confined person.
His bond was set Monday at $50,000.