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Tallahassee Man Arrested on Arson Charge

9/26/2003

CONTACT:
Lieutenant Joseph Steadman
(850)-413-3900
Or
Investigator John Gatlin
Tallahassee Fire Department
(850) 891-6600

TALLAHASSEE - Authorities in Hillsborough County have arrested a Tallahassee man wanted by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Tallahassee Fire Department's Bureau of Investigation on a charge of arson of a dwelling.

The arrest of Theodore R. Johnson, 20, concludes a month-long, joint investigation of two fires that occurred on August 25 on Nashville Drive and Hood Court in Leon County.

The investigation resulted in two arrests. Johnson is being held without bond in the Hillsborough County Jail pending transfer to Leon County. Jonathan Marc Dawson, of Orlando, is charged with arson of a vehicle, arson of a dwelling, and attempted first-degree murder. Dawson is being held in the Leon County Jail without bond.

The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is the law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires and explosions of suspicious origin. Anyone with information about any suspicious fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON) or Crimestoppers at 891-HELP. Information also may be mailed to Arson Control, P.O. Box 1654, Winter Park, FL 32790.