Woman charged after threatening to torch home


News Staff Writer

An Atmore woman was arrested November 10 after she returned to a Ewing Lane residence she had not only threatened to burn down but had tried to burn down in the past.
Reports show that city police were dispatched around 3:20 p.m. on November 9 to the residence in reference to a domestic disturbance during which Whitney Hyatt, 31, had reportedly threatened to “burn down the residence with family members inside.”
The local woman also made other threats and noted that “law enforcement would have a good reason to lock her up this time.” The suspect left the scene when one of the victims called police.
The victims told police Hyatt has attempted to burn the residence down in the past but was stopped by other family members.
The next day, at approximately 7:45 a.m., police were sent back to the residence after Hyatt returned and made more threats toward family members, advising them to “sleep with one eye open.”
Hyatt was still at the scene when police arrived, and she was placed under arrest and processed into the Escambia County Detention Center.
She remained in the county jail late Monday, November 21, under a $5,000 bond on one count each of making terroristic threats, a Class C felony, and third-degree domestic violence.