Randall Freeman, 31, of the 4200 block of Meadow Ridge Trail in the Hickory Hill area is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $500,000 bond. Investigators said that in July of last year Freeman made threatening phone calls to the man in which he accused him of having a relationship with his wife. Soon after that the four tires of the victim’s car were slashed.
Then, on two occasions in August, Freeman allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at the man’s home on Germanshire Lane in the Hickory Ridge area, though there was little damage. On a third occasion, however, on Sept. 4, Freeman allegedly threw another firebomb at the home, this time causing heavy damage. Five people inside the home escaped without injury.
Home-surveillance video captured images of a white Ford van, similar to one driven by Freeman, and showed a man resembling Freeman throwing the flammable objects at the house. The grand jury indictments against Freeman include one count of aggravated arson, two counts of attempted aggravated arson, 13 counts of attempted first-degree murder, harassment and vandalism over $500.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit which reviews many of the cases coming out of the Memphis Police Department’s OCU investigations and undercover operations. The OCPU also works closely with prosecutors in the Multi Agency Gang Prosecution Unit.