Arson Suspect Arrested

Florence Police Department arrested Malcolm Allen Monday after he allegedly assaulted his mother with a hammer before setting fire to the apartment they were in.

Malcolm Allen, 39, is charged with second-degree domestic violence and arson at an apartment complex on Darby Drive in Florence.

FPD said Allen assaulted his mother with a hammer. Once officers arrived, the victim was able to escape but Allen barricaded himself inside the apartment.

As officers attempted to speak with Allen, they saw smoke and flames inside the apartment. Officers evacuated nearby apartments before pulling Allen through a window, according to a spokesperson within the department.

The Florence Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire.

FPD arrested Allen and took him to the Lauderdale County Detention Center where he is currently being held without bond.

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