Arrested after lighter fails

Son pours gasoline on himself, mother

by Wes Mayer

A man was arrested in Grantville Saturday night after attempting to light himself and a home on fire, according to authorities.

Around 11:30 p.m., Officer C.J. Gibson with the Grantville Police Department responded to Coweta County Fire Station 11 on Colley Street in response to a woman claiming she was soaked in gasoline by her son, said Grantville Police Investigator Scott Wilson. Gibson spoke to the woman and learned her son, Franklin Raji Jimpson, 31, was angry with his father, poured gasoline on himself, his mother and around the residence, and threatened to light everything on fire.

According to Wilson, the victim told authorities Jimpson tried to strike a lighter, but it wouldn’t light. The victim then ran across the street to the fire station for help.

Gibson responded to the residence and arrested Jimpson without any resistance, Wilson said. Another family member confirmed to authorities that Jimpson tried unsuccessfully to light himself on fire after dousing the residence with gasoline. Jimpson was charged with aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit arson in the first degree, and he was transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Fire personnel tended to the victims and sprayed a chemical reagent around the residence to render it safe, Wilson said.



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