2 arrested after allegedly setting man’s home on fire, assaulting him

L to R: Christopher Duncan and Timothy Shoffner (Courtesy: Cheatham County Sheriff's Office)

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two men face multiple charges after they allegedly set a man’s home on fire after assaulting him.

Authorities were called to a home in the 1200 block of Beechgrove Road in Cheatham County just after 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Upon arrival, responding officers reported flames were shooting 30 to 40 feet into the air.

Police met with the homeowner at a nearby residence when they learned a man and woman reportedly entered his home around 3:30 a.m.

The 67-year-old man stated he was assaulted and bound with duct tape as the unknown suspects went through his home.

The victim told police he attempted to escape out of the basement at one point but was confronted by the suspects who allegedly forcefully took him back inside.

According to a police incident report, one of the suspects fired a handgun at the homeowner twice after his escape attempt.

The victim said the suspects set his home on fire while he was inside before they fled in his Ford Ranger.

The man was able to escape the burning home for a second time and ran to a nearby family member’s home where he called 911.

Officers reported upon their arrival, the man had black duct tape around his ankles, was missing hair around his wrist and had a cut to his forehead, as well as marks on his chest and waist.

The homeowner told police he had no enemies and didn’t know who would do something like that to him.

His wallet, keys, guns and pickup truck were all stolen.

According to a press release, a third suspect was reportedly communicating with the other two and was instructed to go to the victim’s bank while they remained at the home.

Two men, Timothy Shoffner and Christopher Duncan, both 23, have since been taken into custody.

They are each charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated arson, aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping and theft over $10,000.

There is no word yet if the female suspect has been identified or arrested at this time.

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