Two arrested for arson

Published 2:20 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bainbridge Public Safety has charged two people with arson, after two weekend fires were reportedly set intentionally at an apartment complex over the past weekend.

Devin J. Brown, 22, of 3048 Vada Road, Bainbridge, is charged with arson in the first degree, criminal damage to government property and terroristic threats and acts. Diquealer Lashay Jackson, 29, of 836 E. Broughton St., Bainbridge, is charged with arson in the third degree.

Both were arrested Monday afternoon, following an investigation that BPS conducted on Sunday and Monday, said BPS Fire Prevention Major Doyle Welch.

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Welch said BPS investigators believe two fires were intentionally set outside Apartment 3-B at Hutto McIver Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

At approximately 8:25 p.m. Sunday, BPS officers responded to a 911 call concerning a structure fire at the apartments. When officers arrived, the fire was already out but it appeared suspicious in nature, so Cpl. Brian Boyett requested Welch come to the scene.

“The fire was suspicious, so we began a fire investigation Sunday evening,” Welch said.

Welch said officers later learned another fire had been set on the sidewalk outside the apartments early Saturday morning, although no one called 911 to report it at the time.

BPS Chief Investigator Robert Humphrey said the fires are believed to be connected to an earlier altercation that involved Brown and Jackson.

“We believe both fires were intentionally set,” Humphrey said.

Arson in the third degree is defined in Georgia law as intentionally setting fire to property that has a value of $25 or greater, Welch said. Arson in the first degree, a felony, is defined as intentionally setting a fire that damages a structure, house, railroad car or vehicle.