Tarleton PD arrests one for assault – family violence, arson


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STEPHENVILLE (February 18, 2019) – Tarleton State University police officers arrested a 29-year-old nonstudent and charged him with arson Friday after receiving a call concerning a family violence incident.

According to Tarleton State Police Chief Matt Welch, officers were called about an incident of family violence Friday and upon arrival found a fire had been started in the back seat of a female student’s car.

“The nonstudent suspect is alleged to have started a fire in the back seat of the student’s car,” Welch said. “There were personal items and papers belonging to the student in the car that were lit on fire.”

The fire was brought under control by passers-by and the car did not suffer extensive damage.

Tarleton State police arrested Maurice Barron Jefferson and charged him with one count each of assault causing bodily injury – family violence and arson.

Following his arrest was booked into the Erath County Jail where he still currently resides with bonds of $2,000 and $30,000.


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