Troutdale man charged with arson

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Roby Long also faces charges of trying to escape police custody.

By Staff Reports


TROUTDALE — A Troutdale man faces charges of arson and other crimes in connection with an incident that occurred at 872 Honey Grove Road on July 25.
Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said members of the sheriff’s office responded after receiving a call advising that there was an argument, which resulted in a barn owned by Steven Cornett of Troutdale allegedly being set on fire.  
Sgt. Arnold Peters of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office was first on scene, followed by Virginia State Police Trooper Daniel Phipps.  
Peters and Phipps located a suspect hiding in an adjacent field behind a pile of rocks. The suspect — identified as Roby William Long, 19, of 38 Buck Mountain Road — was arrested.  
Vaughan said that, as officers were walking him to the patrol vehicle, Long pulled away and attempted to run. He made it just a few feet before he was apprehended.
Long was also charged with public intoxication and attempting to escape custody.
The Elk Creek Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the fire. Investigator Adam Horton processed the crime scene.
Long was placed in the New River Valley Regional Jail under a $1,000 secured bond.