Man allegedly held 4 kids hostage, set house on fire

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Charges are possible for a Phoenix man who allegedly held his four children hostage and then set his house on fire.

It started late Wednesday night in the neighborhood of 40th Street and Cheery Lynn Road, which is north of Thomas Road.

According to police, James Tribble, 44, was on the phone with his wife when the two got into an argument.

He barricaded himself and his kids inside the home and threatened to harm himself.

"At one point, they think he actually did harm himself," Capt. Troy Caskey of the Phoenix Fire Department said. "Fire was called to possibly treat the patient then."

Police said he kept the children, ranging in age from 5 to 12, inside with him for quite some time, even threatening to harm one of them.

"He did release three of the children to go outside," Caskey said. "When police made contact with him, they got him to release the last child."

After the children were safely outside with their mother, the Tribble apparently set fire to his home.

Because the Phoenix Fire Department was on the scene already, they were able to handle that fire quickly.

"The suspect ended up having some smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital with some injuries," Caskey said. "In stable condition, but was transported with some injuries."

Caskey did not elaborate on the nature of those injuries but said the man was able to walk outside the ambulance.

"He has something significant enough for him to go to the hospital," Caskey said.

Police are trying to determine what sparked the argument that preceded the barricade situation and house fire.

It is not clear if the suspect has a history of mental health issues.