Monday, July 1, 2013

Arrest in Stratford Arms arson

Posted on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

A Savannah man is in custody following his arrest in connection with a series of fires at a Southside apartment complex in late March and early April.

Savannah Fire investigators say 24-year-old Juwan Johnson of 10612 Abercorn St. was arrested this morning at a business in the 10400 block of Abercorn Street.

Johnson was charged in June through a federal indictment with three counts of arson in connection with the fires at Stratford Arms Apartment complex at 126 Tibet Ave.

Savannah firefighters responded to three separate fires at the apartment complex on March 31, April 2 and April 8. All three fires were reported by Johnson and SFES investigators deemed at least two of them to be suspicious at the time. Two of the fires occurred near a maintenance storage building and the third was in a vacant apartment at the complex.

Through their investigation, SFES investigators developed a link between Johnson and the fires and were assisted by agents of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. In addition to the three arson charges, Johnson is charged with lying to a federal agent. He is currently in the custody of the US Marshal’s Service awaiting an initial court appearance.

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