Warrant links matches in truck with arson attempt

By Joe Beck

Shenandoah County authorities found two boxes of matches in the pickup truck of a man accused of trying to set fire to an occupied residence in Star Tannery Dec. 6, according to search warrant documents.

The documents, filed in circuit court Dec. 26, state that deputies searched a 1994 GMC pickup belonging to Boyd Allen Hockman, 60, of 720 Clary Road. The search, conducted on Dec. 20, produced one box of matches found in the driver’s side door and a second box of matches elsewhere in the vehicle, the documents state.

A search warrant affidavit written by deputy Andy Eastep states that Hockman telephoned Rhoda Artz on Dec. 6 and threatened to burn her house down while she and Dorian Lee Triplett were inside. Hockman appeared at the home at 775 Cedar Creek Road at 2:30 p.m., according to the affidavit.

Hockman began pouring gasoline on the house, which was occupied by Artz, her 8-year-old son and Triplett, the affidavit states.

After hitting a door on the house with an ax, Hockman poured gasoline onto the door and steps leading inside the house, the affidavit states.

“Hockman then poured gasoline on two vehicles in the driveway,” the affidavit states.

Hockman tried to light the gas with matches, but drove off before he could do so after Triplett told him sheriff’s deputies were on their way to the scene, the affidavit states.

Deputies arrested Hockman hours later. He has been charged in general district court with three counts of attempted arson, and single counts of vandalism of less than $1,000 damage and using profane language over a public airway.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com