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Police charge man with attempted murder, arson in Hamlet apartment fire

HAMLET — A man is facing multiple charges related to an apartment fire in late August.

Police arrested 38-year-old Emmanuel Triewon Nelson on Friday, Oct. 14 and charged him with attempted first-degree murder, second-degree arson, breaking and entering and burning personal property.

Nelson is accused of setting fire to one of the buildings at the Washington Court Apartments during the early morning hours of Aug. 27.

Hamlet fire officials said at the time that no injuries were reported as all but one of the apartments in the section were vacant.

As of Monday afternoon, Nelson was still being held in the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond. Jail records show he is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 7.

The attempted murder charge does not yet appear in online court records.

However, records show a misdemeanor charge of communicating threats with a Oct. 31 date in district court; as well as Feb. 20, 2023 court date in superior court on the arson, burning and B&E charges.


Nelson does not appear to have any prior convictions in North Carolina or neighboring South Carolina counties.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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