Clayton Police seek suspect in roommate burning

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

By Curt Yeomans


Clayton County Police announced on Friday that they are looking for a 29-year old College Park man who allegedly set his female roommate on fire.

Orville Cromwell Brooks, Jr., allegedly got into what police described as a domestic dispute with the feLreadmale, at their apartment, which is located in the 1900 block of Brookstone Ridge, in College Park, at approximately 9:01 a.m., on Friday. "An assailant set a woman on fire," police spokesman Sgt. Otis Willis, III, said in a written statement.

According to a written statement from Clayton County Police, Brooks is 5-feet, nine-inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. Another Clayton County police spokesperson, Capt. Tina Daniel, said Brooks is an African-American male.

Daniel said police did not release the victim's name, or many details about the case, including whether there was a history of violence between Brooks and the victim, because it is considered a domestic violence case. She did say gasoline was used as an accelerant in the attack.

Daniel also confirmed Brooks was the person involved in the dispute with the female, and that he is a "person of interest" in the attack. Willis said "neighbors assisted the victim to the best of their ability" and that "she was Life Flighted to Grady Memorial Hospital" in Atlanta.

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman, Assistant Chief, Landry Merkison, said the victim had third-degree burns on more than 50 percent of her body, and that she was in critical condition when she was taken to Grady. Merkison and Daniel did not have updated information about the victim's condition on Friday evening.

Daniel declined to comment on what charges Brooks might be facing.

Anyone with information about the incident, or about Brooks' whereabouts, is asked to call Clayton County Police at (678) 614-9099.