Brookhaven, GA, July 6, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – Michael T. Hornbuckle, a 40-year old homeless man, has been arrested and charged with one count of Felony Arson in the 1st Degree after he allegedly set fire to St. Martin’s Episcopal School on July 4th. The fire burned approximately 1,000 square feet of a portion of the private school designated for early childhood programs.
When DeKalb County Fire Rescue (DCFR) responded to the call that came in around 6:30 AM Tuesday morning, they noticed the scene looked suspicious as a window had been broken out and the scene was unusual. DCFR Battalion Chief DeJuan Gilchrist said firefighters had to be careful not to disturb the scene while they doused the blaze so that arson investigators could process it.
An 11-Alive News report says Police got a tip from a citizen who saw a man in the Buckhead area matched the description of the ‘person of interest’. Hornbuckle was arrested by City of Atlanta Police and transported to DeKalb Fire headquarters where he was identified.
According to DeKalb’s Online Judicial System, Hornbuckle is being held in DeKalb County Jail.