Suspicious fire leads to arrests

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013



Two suspects running from a suspicious fire were arrested the night of Nov. 19.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office made the arrests following a structure fire at 633 Myers Rd. near U.S.-176 that occurred shortly after 9 p.m.

Two people matching the description of the two persons seen leaving the scene of the fire, were taken into custody at a bingo parlor on College Park Road about a half-hour later, according to a statement released by BCSO.

Jessie James Jennings, 32, and Lea Renae Miller, 26, were taken to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.

Each suspect’s bond was set at $1,202 for charges of trespassing, negligently allowing a fire to damage land or property of another and public disorderly conduct.

When deputies arrived at the bingo hall they took Miller into investigative detention and learned that Jennings was hiding in the bathroom, according to the incident report.

A deputy entered the bathroom and identified himself. The deputy heard the sound of a metal latch of the bathroom stall locking and the shuffling of feet within the stall.

The deputy approached the stall and ordered Jennings out. Jennings ignored the verbal commands and flushed the toilet, according to the report.

The deputy forced open the stall door and found Jennings stuffing plastic grocery bags into his pants, according to the report.

He was placed under arrest for public disorderly conduct due to him interrupting the bingo game that was being conducted when he ran inside in an attempt to evade law enforcement, according to the report.

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