Valdosta Daily Times

September 23, 2013

Valdosta arson arrest

Valdosta Police Department

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Police Department issued the following release this morning:

Charles Hawkins, 24 year old Valdosta resident, was arrested on Friday, September 20, 2013 for two outstanding arrest warrants, Arson – First Degree and Burglary for the fire on September 9, 2013 that destroyed a home at 2418 Deborah Drive.  The fire occurred in the morning hours on September 9, 2013 as the resident of the home was on military duty out of the country.  Investigators from the Valdosta Police Department and Valdosta Fire Department conducted a thorough investigation and through their investigation, they were able to determine Hawkins was responsible for the incident. 

On September 20, 2013, officers spotted (a man) in the Deborah Drive/Pineview Drive area.  (The man) was on a bicycle.  He was ordered to stop but refused to comply with officer’s orders.  He got off of the bicycle and proceeded to run from law enforcement.  He was apprehended in the 2400 block on North Forrest Street.  Hawkins was wanted for the two outstanding arrest warrants and he was also charged with Obstruction of an Officer. 

Hawkins is currently being held at the Lowndes County Jail pending court proceedings.