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House deemed 'total loss,' man faces 4 felonies in South Weber house fire

Posted at 8:14 PM, Jan 11, 2023

SOUTH WEBER, Utah — A South Weber man is in custody after threatening police with a knife and setting a house on fire following a domestic incident Wednesday afternoon.

Jeffry Hansen, 65, now faces charges including aggravated arson, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated sexual assault, all first-degree felonies.

Davis County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic incident at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon that lead to a home on South Weber drive being set on fire.

The home suffered extensive damage and was deemed a "total loss and not salvageable," arrest documents state.

A probable cause statement details that Hansen used a knife to break into the home through a dog door and threatened a woman with a knife, telling her to handcuff herself.

Hansen then restrained the woman with duct tape and sexually assaulted her before the woman was able to break free and escape, court documents state.

Documents report Hansen then started lighting clothes on fire in the house before authorities arrived at the scene.

Hansen did not comply with commands given by officers, arresting documents state that officers were "forced to use a taser on Jeffry to get him into custody."

Speaking with officers after he was taken into custody, Hansen said he intended to "burn the house down" and murder a woman who was not home at the time.

Hansen had previously been evicted from the home and locks had been changed so he could not enter.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire nor were there any pets known to be inside the home at this time.