St. Helena arson suspect arrested - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

St. Helena arson suspect arrested

Posted: Updated:
BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

A St. Helena man has been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed a home on Legree Road yesterday afternoon.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office say 32-year-old Willie Antonio Aiken was arrested last night and charged with one count of arson. Aiken is believed to have intentionally set the fire that consumed the home of his ex-girlfriend, 39-year old Aldrena McKinnon.

Deputies responded to the reported structure fire on Legree Road just after 4:30 pm yesterday. Upon arrival, the home was fully engulfed in flames. No one was inside the home at the time the fire broke out, and no injuries were reported.

A child living at the home, who had been visiting a family member across the street, advised that she had gone home to get something and found Aiken inside. Aiken reportedly told the child to leave, which she did. However, she went back in a few minutes later and noticed Aiken pouring an unknown liquid onto the floor of the laundry room. She then saw Aiken striking matches and throwing them into the liquid, so she immediately left the home.

Witnesses reported seeing Aiken leave in a green Chevy Suburban, taking a rarely-used pathway, and moments later smoke was seen pouring from the home. Deputies made contact with Aiken at a family member's home on Clarence Mitchell Road. Aiken was interviewed and eventually placed under arrest.

Additionally, the Sheriff's Office is also investigating a vehicle fire that occurred yesterday evening and is believed to be associated with the arson. At approximately 3 pm yesterday, Aiken reported that his 2013 Buick Century was missing, and that he believed it had been taken without his permission by McKinnon's 15-year old son.

The vehicle was found just after 5 pm yesterday in the parking lot of the Gloria Potts Community Center on Seaside Road, also fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle sustained extensive fire damage, leaving it a total loss.

Anyone with information regarding the investigations into the home and/or vehicle fire is asked to contact Investigator Cpl. B. Disbrow at 843-255-3407 or Crimestoppers.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Industrial Accident at International Paper Company Leaves One Man Dead

    UPDATE: Victim Identified in Fatal Accident at International Paper Company

    UPDATE: Victim Identified in Fatal Accident at International Paper Company

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:10:49 GMT
    Savannah Fire Department and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are on the scene of an industrial accident at the International Paper Company on West Lathrop Avenue in Savannah. Spokesman Mark Keller says Savannah Fire arrived on the scene and commenced CPR, but the man was unresponsive.Details are limited now. Stay with WSAV for the latest, as News Three's Ian Margol is on the scene learning more.
    Savannah Fire Department and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are on the scene of an industrial accident at the International Paper Company on West Lathrop Avenue in Savannah. Spokesman Mark Keller says Savannah Fire arrived on the scene and commenced CPR, but the man was unresponsive.Details are limited now. Stay with WSAV for the latest, as News Three's Ian Margol is on the scene learning more.
  • Magic Mike Comes to Savannah

    Magic Mike Comes to Savannah

    What do you get when you combine male strippers, Channing Tatum movies and Forsyth Park?You get more than a thousand people lining up to be a part of the action!On Sunday, people from all over lined up at the stage on Forsyth Park to have a chance to be an extra in the upcoming film, Magic Mike XXL.The movie is just one of several to be filmed in Savannah in the near future (another is R.I.P.) and its casting director says that's no surprise."Savannah is such a gorgeous city to shoot in," say...
    What do you get when you combine male strippers, Channing Tatum movies and Forsyth Park?You get more than a thousand people lining up to be a part of the action!On Sunday, people from all over lined up at the stage on Forsyth Park to have a chance to be an extra in the upcoming film, Magic Mike XXL.The movie is just one of several to be filmed in Savannah in the near future (another is R.I.P.) and its casting director says that's no surprise."Savannah is such a gorgeous city to shoot in," say...
  • Highway Patrol Investigates Fatal Beaufort Crash

    Highway Patrol Investigates Fatal Beaufort Crash

    Highway Patrol Investigates Fatal Beaufort Crash

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:26:13 GMT
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened just after 8 p.m. on Saturday, on Highway 21 in Beaufort. According to Sgt. Bob Beres, a 1998 Mercedes Benz ran off of the right side of the road and overturned. 
    The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened just after 8 p.m. on Saturday, on Highway 21 in Beaufort. According to Sgt. Bob Beres, a 1998 Mercedes Benz ran off of the right side of the road and overturned. 
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.