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Crockett woman reports knife threat, comes home to find house on fire

Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office Source: Houston County Sheriff's Office
Dexture Phipps (Source: Angelina Jail) Dexture Phipps (Source: Angelina Jail)

A Crockett woman escaped a potential knife attack Monday morning and reported it to Houston County authorities only to come home and find her house in flames, according to a press release.

According to the report, the woman arrived at the sheriff's office around 9 a.m. and said a man who she knew, Dexture Phipps, 34, had come into her home without her permission and pulled a knife on her and demanded "favors." The woman managed to escape from Phipps.

While at the sheriff's office, a fire was reported at her home. Firefighters from Pennington and Crockett responded to the residence on the 1200 block of County Road 4555. The fire was fully involved and they could not save the house. Nobody was injured.

Authorities obtained a warrant for the arrest of Phipps and they found him in Trinity County. He was arrested on a charge with burglary with intent to commit aggravated assault.

The house fire is under investigation.

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