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Atlanta woman charged in Riverdale arson case

Clayton County public safety officers have charged an Atlanta woman for allegedly setting her ex-husband's Riverdale house on fire.

Clayton County Sheriff's Lt. Brian Crisp said the Fugitive Unit and the Clayton Fire and Emergency Services marshal picked up Lebertha Roden, 54, about 7:45 a.m., Tuesday, at her sister's home on Stoneview Lane, in Atlanta.

Roden is charged with aggravated assault, and arson in the first degree.

She is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail, pending her first appearance in court.

Fire Battalion Chief Jacque Feilke said Roden is charged with intentionally setting the fire that damaged her ex-husband's home. Firefighters responded about 1 p.m., on Oct. 26, to a fire at 743 Oak Drive, in Riverdale, she said.

The resident, William Horne, was home at the time the fire started, but was able to escape and call 911, said Feilke.

A fire investigator determined that the fire was intentionally set, and took out warrants two days later for Roden's arrest, according to Clayton County Magistrate Court records.

She is expected to make her first appearance, Wednesday afternoon, in Clayton Magistrate Court. A magistrate could set a bond in her case, and she could be released the same day.

However, if the magistrate denies bond, Roden will remain in jail until a bond hearing is held.