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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Georgia

For Immediate Release

July 01, 2013

Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney

Contact: James D. Durham, First Assistant
(912) 201-2547

Arson Suspect Arrested

SAVANNAH, GA — A Savannah man is in custody today 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., Apt. #E16, was arrested this morning at a business in the 10400 block of Abercorn St. 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 31st, April 2nd and April 8th. 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 bringing the case to a successful conclusion.

Johnson arrest was the result of a coordinated effort between Savannah Fire & Emergency Services investigators, agents with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms and Savannah-Chatham Metro police.