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VPD: Macon man set apartment fire


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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  An argument in Valdosta led to crime spree involving Arson that left 22 people homeless. Police say a Macon Man set a fire that spread from his girlfriend's apartment to neighboring apartments.

Troopers eventually got their man, but only after he abandoned a stolen car and tried hiding in woods along Interstate 75.

Valdosta firefighters say this building was purposely set ablaze at the Park Chase Apartment complex early Saturday morning. Twinna Roberts awoke to her bedroom on fire and ran to her sister's house with her children.

 "When I came out the door and walked around the curb that's when I seen the building on fire," said Latoya Williams, Roberts sister.

Twenty two were left without a home. "She had nothing left only thing she may have a little valuable stuff but she have to go back school shopping for her kids and all they ain't got nothing," Williams said.

No one was hurt.  A pit Bull dog belonging to the man accused of setting the fire died.

Latrelle McKinney was sleeping when she heard a knock at her door. "It was a police officer saying we had to evacuate the building because the building next to mine was on fire."

Police say it all started with an argument.  Investigators say 25-year-old Nicholas Bishop of Macon argued with his girlfriend, set her apartment on fire and ran away.  A block away the crime spree continues when Police say Bishop found a car left running and stole it.

This what's left the car Bishop took on the Interstate heading north. Troopers say the car broke down near mile marker 20 in the right lane. Bishop got out of the car ran towards the woods and then an RV slammed into the back of it.

He was captured by troopers. They charged him open container. driving on a suspended license, DUI , and giving a false name to an officer.

 "I was shocked," McKinney said. "I was scared. I haven't seen such a mess in my entire life."

 Valdosta Police are charging Bishop arson and auto theft.  McKinney and Williams agree what's most tragic about this fire is that kids and their families lived in the building and many of them are left with nothing.

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