Police arrest man in burning of woman

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Mehgaan Jones


Clayton County Police have arrested a College Park man who allegedly set his female roommate on fire, resulting in third degree burns, on more than 50 percent of her body.

Orville Cromwell Brooks, Jr., 29, was arrested on Riverdale Road, Monday, according to Clayton County public information officer, Capt. Tina Daniel.

He was taken into custody, after an officer recognized him driving a vehicle, in Riverdale, Daniel said.

"An officer recognized him and did a vehicle pull over," said Daniel. "He did not want to cooperate and attempted to flee."

Brooks is accused of burning his roommate at their apartment, located in the 1900 block of Brookstone Ridge, in College Park, last week.

After Brooks was apprehended by authorities, he was taken to Southern Regional Medical Center, in Riverdale, for severe burns, on both arms, according to Daniel.

The burns were the indicator that Brooks was indeed the suspect in the alleged fire, she said.

"He was then taken to Clayton County Jail," the police spokesperson added. Brooks was in custody at the jail, in Jonesboro, Tuesday evening, according to jail officials.

He is charged with obstruction of an officer, possession of marijuana less than an ounce, arson in the first degree, and aggravated battery, according to Clayton County public information officer, Capt. Tina Daniel.

Brooks is represented by the Clayton County public defender's office, according to online court records. His attorney could not be reached for comment, Tuesday. Online records indicate the defendant is scheduled to appear in Clayton County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 1, at 8 a.m.

Daniel would not comment, Tuesday, on the victim's name, condition, or the nature of the dispute, which led to the fire.

She declined to comment on their relationship because it is a domestic violence incident, Daniel said.

According to a previous report by the Clayton News Daily, Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman, Assistant Chief Landry Merkison said the victim was in critical condition, last Friday.