Witnesses: Arson suspect had to be dragged out of burning home

Witnesses: Arson suspect had to be dragged out of burning home
Jonnie Lee Clayton (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Neighbors and family members had to save a Brookland man from a burning mobile home after they say he doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.

On Monday, Craighead County sheriff's deputies were called to County Road 7922 regarding a disturbance and fire.

When deputies arrived at the home, the affidavit stated they found 28-year-old Jonnie Lee Clayton's relatives restraining him.

Family members told deputies that Clayton had set fire to the mobile home and they had to "go in and physically remove him to keep him from getting burned."

A neighbor told deputies she heard Clayton say he was "going to burn the trailer and saw him pour gas on the outside," court documents stated.

Around 20 members of the Brookland Fire Protection District, Philadelphia Fire Department, and Southern Greene County worked to knock down the fire. However, the mobile home and its contents, according to deputies, were a total loss.

On Tuesday, District Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Clayton with arson for the incident.

Clayton is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center on a $5,000 cash/surety bond awaiting his next court date on June 29.

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