Police say a Lawrenceville man set fire to furniture in a Gainesville apartment living room while four of his relatives were inside.
When officers attempted to arrest Jordan Micah McLain at the HomeTowne Studios on Jesse Jewell Parkway, Cpl. Jessica Van said the 22-year-old man locked himself in the laundry room.
Police were seeking McLain after obtaining warrants including for first-degree arson.
Gainesville law enforcement responded around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at North Cliff Colony Drive to an apartment fire. No one was injured in the fire.
After the fire was extinguished, investigators reportedly “discovered that the fire was intentionally set,” Van wrote in a news release.
“Two adults and two children, not including McLain, were inside the apartment when McLain set fire to furniture in the living room area of the apartment. All parties are known to each other and are family relatives,” Van said.
Van did not clarify the relationships, as the case is still “being actively investigated and more charges could be forthcoming.”
McLain was additionally charged with obstruction of an officer, aggravated assault and two counts of misdemeanor theft by taking.
According to the warrants, McLain allegedly took one woman’s bag and a second woman’s keys and ID.
On the aggravated assault charge, he is also accused of “cutting the back of (a woman’s) neck with (a) knife during an altercation” March 15, according to the warrants.Van did not have further details on the alleged aggravated assault.
McLain qualified for a public defender, but one was not listed with Magistrate Court officials Thursday.