(Updated at 1 p.m. Friday with more details on the suspect’s charges)
A man accused of assaulting his wife and two autistic relatives this month barricaded himself inside an apartment near UT Arlington for about two hours Thursday and started a fire, police said.
Officers found the man, Colin Edward Grubb, 35, hiding in a closet and took him into custody about 4:45 p.m., said Lt. Chris Cook, police spokesman.
Police at the University of Texas at Arlington notified students of the incident and said the campus was not in immediate danger.
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Police had gone to the apartment in the 100 block of East Mitchell Street about 3 p.m. to serve a warrant on an aggravated assault charge.
About an hour later, after trying to talk to the barricaded Grubb, police saw smoke coming out of the building.
It appeared that Grubb started the fire by igniting a mattress, Cook said.
The building was evacuated during the incident. Grubb was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth to be treated for smoke inhalation, Cook said. No other injuries were reported.
Cook said Grubb’s aggravated assault charge stemmed from a domestic violence incident on July 15. Grubb is accused of throwing a hammer at and kicking two autistic relatives and biting his wife’s hand, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Grubb also has six charges pending from an incident in Arlington in October in which he was accused of assaulting a family member, according to Tarrant County court records.
He also was accused of kicking an Arlington police officer during the incident.
Grubb was charged with assault of a family member, assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and three counts of retaliation. He was released from jail on $2,500 bond in November and has a trial scheduled for Aug. 18, according to court records.
Grubb is a registered sex offender, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records. He was convicted in Colorado in 2006 of kidnapping and attempt to commit incest, the records said.
In 2005, Grubb was convicted in a domestic assault case in Enid, Okla., according to an arrest warrant affidavit.