Officials arrest Emanuel County man for arson, aggravated assault

Crime & Safety

Wyatt Rodriguez, 20, of Adrian (via Georgia Department of Insurance)

EMANUEL COUNTY, Ga. (WSAV) – Just a day after warrants were taken out on an arson and aggravated assault suspect, authorities found the man hiding out at a local motel.

According to the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, 20-year-old Wyatt Rodriguez, of Adrian, was wanted in connection with a fire that occurred Tuesday at 373 South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Wadley.

The two-story home suffered moderate damage. It was determined that the fire originated on the exterior of the home.

Wadley home involved in arson investigation (via Georgia Department of Insurance)

Rodriguez was taken into custody for First Degree Arson and Aggravated Assault around 9 a.m. at an Emanuel County motel. He was taken to the Jefferson County Jail where he awaits a bond hearing.

“Due to the nature of his alleged crimes, it was essential that we apprehended this man very quickly,” Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King stated in a press release. “Locating him just 24 hours after the warrants were taken out shows true dedication, hard work, and determination by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office.”

First Degree Arson is a felony punishable by a fine of no more than $50,000 or by a prison term between one and 20 years, or both.

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