UPDATE: Additional charges & increased bond for Joseph — Peletier man charged following structure fire

UPDATE: On Friday, 04/21/2023, Jeffrey Joseph was charged with Second Degree Kidnapping stemming from a domestic violence incident that occurred inside the residence prior to the stand-off. This new charge is in addition to the Second-Degree Arson charge.

At his first appearance today The Honorable Judge Walter Mills increased his bond to $250,000.00. Joseph remains in the Carteret County jail under a total combined bond of $270,000.00.

 Original Release Issued 04/20/2023

On April 20, 2023 Carteret County Deputies arrested Jeffrey Alan Joseph, 49, of 323 Whitehouse Fork Rd, Peletier following a structure fire that required a deployment from the county Special Response Team (SRT).

Deputies initially responded to the home on Wednesday evening after 7:00pm following a reported domestic violence incident. Sheriff’s deputies then received reports that Joseph had barricaded himself inside the home while making suicidal threats. As the SRT team was responding Joseph reportedly poured gasoline all over the home and threatened to set it on fire. After several hours of negotiations Joseph allegedly set the house on fire and refused to come out.

As law enforcement and firefighters began to battle the blaze Joseph was spotted near an open window and was pulled to safety. He was transported to CHC for an evaluation. After being released from the hospital on Thursday Joseph was taken into custody for Second Degree Arson.

Joseph is currently being held in the Carteret County Detention Center under a $75,000.00 secured bond and is scheduled for an initial court appearance on Friday, 04/21/2023.