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Cartersville man charged with setting neighbor's house on fire

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U.S. Marshals have captured a man who allegedly set a neighbor's house on fire in Cartersville.

Phillip Rodger Bennett, 58, was captured in Murphy, NC, and charged with arson, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, damaging public utilities, cruelty to children, second-degree burglary, reckless conduct, criminal trespass, making terroristic threats, and possession of tools in commission of a crime.

Investigators discovered Bennett had an ongoing feud with his neighbor along Boatner Avenue.

According to Marty Corbitt, who lives across the street from Bennett, on Wednesday Bennett confronted him in regards to his grass not being cut.

During the confrontation, Bennett broke a window, poured gasoline inside the home and set the house on fire, according to Corbitt.

Corbitt and his 3-year-old daughter were in the house at the time but were able to get out.

Corbitt said the house belongs to his grandmother. He said for the past three years he's lived there he has had no problems with Bennett until last week.

Bennett confronted him about the long grass and slapped him, according to Corbitt.

The Cartersville Fire Department arson investigators were on the scene into the evening. Officers are searching for Bennett.

Corbitt, his wife and daughter lost all their possessions in the fire. Family and friends were helping them with a place to stay.

Police said Bennett has a past criminal history. According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, he served time for voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Bennett signed a waiver of extradition in North Carolina and was escorted back to the Cartersville Police Department by the U.S. Marshals.

Officers said Bennett had to be transported from the Cartersville Police Department to Cartersville Medical Center for evaluation and treatment before going to the Bartow County Jail.

Bennett is being treated for burns to his hands and arms.

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