After being on the lam for a year-and-a-half for not showing to court, a Floral City man accused of burning down a bustling bar and restaurant in his hometown was put back in handcuffs.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday, April 13, apprehended 62-year-old Joseph Allan Bubb in Hampton, Tennessee.
According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, marshals found Bubb living on a boat at the Lakeshore Marina along Watauga Lake.
Marshals arrested Bubb on a warrant alleging he failed to appear at the Citrus County Courthouse on Nov. 12, 2019, to stand trial for the Jan. 11, 2019, arson of the Sleepy Hollow Resort.
Bubb was booked into the Carter County Detention Center in Tennessee without a bond, per his arrest warrant.
According to court records, Bubb is due to appear April 28 at the Carter County Courthouse for a hearing on his extradition back to Citrus County, where his postponed felony case awaits.
In connection to the late-night blaze that burned down the Sleep Hollow Resort off of East Gobbler Drive and forced its customers to evacuate unharmed, prosecutors filed information in May 2019 charging Bubb with arson to an occupied structure.
Sheriff’s office deputies arrested Bubb on May 21 after an arrest warrant was issued.
If convicted as charged for the resort’s arson, Bubb could be sentenced to a prison term of up to 30 years.