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Searcy arson suspect arrested

The Searcy Police Department made an arrest in three arson incidents Tuesday night.
SEARCY, AR – The Searcy Police Department made an arrest in three arson incidents Tuesday night.

The first fire happened around 8pm at The Mayfair apartments at 101 N. Spring. Tenants were evacuated from the apartment building and the fire was extinguished.

A vehicle behind the building was also on fire. A witness saw a man leave the vehicle after it started smoking. The man was identified as Audley “A.J.” King, 27, of Searcy, but he was not located at the scene.

About an hour later another fire was reported at 214 S. Elm Terrace. The apartment King was reportedly staying in was on fire but was also extinguished quickly.

Searcy Police received a call a short time later reporting a possible break-in at the White County Courthouse. King was arrested at the scene on three counts of arson.

This case is still under investigation.
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