Knox County man charged with assaulting wife, burning house

Knox County man charged with assaulting wife, setting fire to house

Archie Welch (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Archie Welch (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
The large home is located at 6621 Kimaron Lane. The large home is located at 6621 Kimaron Lane.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A North Knox County man was arrested early Tuesday morning for assaulting his wife and setting their home on fire.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says Archie Welch, 49, and his wife were involved in an altercation at their home, 6621 Kimaron Lane.

Welch's wife fled the home and met a deputy at the Weigel's, 1506 East Emory Road, and told him that Welch had physically assaulted her and threatened to set the house on fire.

While at the gas station, the victim received a call from her 16-year-old son who said his father had set the house on fire.

The son told investigators he saw his father pour gasoline around the house. The son fled the house and also went to Weigel's.

Sheriff's deputies found the house on fire around 1:30 a.m. and Welch walking out of the garage.

Welch then resisted arrest.

"The suspect refused to put his hands up in the air. Instead, he made obscene gestures at the officers, shouted obscenities at them. There was a scuffle when they tried to get him into custody," said Knox County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Martha Dooley.

Welch received several cuts to his face during the scuffle and was treated at the scene.

According to the Knox County property tax record, the Welches' home was valued at close to $500,000.

Sheriff's department officials say Welch did not have a criminal background and they had never been called to the home before.

Welch was charged with aggravated arson, resisting arrest, and domestic assault. He is currently being held in the Knox County Detention Center on $54,000 bond.

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