HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted a 34-year-old Groveton man for burglary of a habitation and arson in connection to an incident in early December in which Dexture Phipps allegedly tried to get "favors" from a Crockett woman at knifepoint.
While the woman was reporting the crime to the Houston County Sheriff's Office, a fire was reported at her home, which was located in the 1200 block of County Road 4555.
Although firefighters from two departments responded to the fire, the home was fully engulfed in flames when they got there. As a result, the woman's home was destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze.
Dexture Phipps is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on felony charges of burglary of a habitation and arson. Collectively, his bond has been set at $150,000.
According to a report, after she managed to escape, the woman reported the attempted assault to the Houston County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 4. She told law enforcement officials that Phipps had come into her home without permission, pulled a knife on her, and demand "favors."
Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for Phipps, and they located him in Trinity County. He was arrested and charged with burglary with the intent to commit aggravated assault.
"According to a family member that lives nearby, [the victim]was able to escape from this house and call authorities, in that time Phipps returned to her home, broke in, and set the house on fire," Sheriff Darrell Bobbitt said.
"She drove up really just to report the assault, she didn't know about the fire at that time," Bobbitt said. "She literally saw the guy in her rear view mirror as she drove away."
According to Bobbitt, [the victim] was in the sheriff's office the moment an immediate family member had called in the incident.
It wouldn't take much for the authorities to tie Phipps to the arson.
"It's my understanding, Phipps himself spoke to a family member from the residence and confessed to setting the house on fire," Bobbitt said.