33-year-old Joseph Fuller Anderson, who is listed as a homeless person from Hickory, was arrested by Hickory Police at about 10:25 last night (November 4) on two felony counts of burning personal property and one felony count of setting fire to grass, brush land, or woodlands. He was also charged with misdemeanor second-degree trespassing.
Anderson was arrested in connection to several incidents. The charge for setting fire to grass & brush land comes after Hickory Police responded to a fire at a convenience store on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard S.E. in Hickory. The suspect was known to employees at the business.
Anderson was taken into custody at the store. He initially refused to be photographed or fingerprinted. He was placed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $8,000, secured. Anderson was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court today in Newton.