Gwinnett Fire: Man lit motel bed on fire while smoking crack

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services is searching for an unidentified suspect who allegedly lit a motel bed on fire while smoking crack with a female companion. 

Fire investigators identified and arrested Jennifer Marie Johnson, 49, in connection with the fire at the Araamda Inn in Norcross. Johnson has been charged with third-degree arson and possession of a drug-related object.

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Investigators believe the unidentified man, who may be known as “Bob,” was with Johnson when the fire started. The pair was smoking crack when “smoking materials” sparked a fire on the bed. Fire burned the carpet and bedding, investigators said. 

Johnson and “Bob” left the room while the fire was underway, did not attempt to put it out and did not tell motel staff, investigators said. 

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Anyone who may be able to identify “Bob” or notify investigators of his whereabouts should contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678-518-4890 or Georgia Arson Control at 1-800-282-5804. Georgia Arson Control offers a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of arson suspects. Tips can be made anonymously.

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