Possibly bitter over a broken relationship, a man allegedly set fire to a tent, badly burning the man and woman who were asleep inside at a homeless encampment in Cobb County.
Mr. Melvin Hood, 52, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated battery in the incident that happened early Wednesday morning near Marietta, according to Cobb County police.
Around 5:30 a.m. officers responded to a wooded area near Noonday Church Road and White Circle after someone from the encampment called about the fire, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said.
The suspect had allegedly set fire to the tent with what investigators believe to be gasoline, Sgt. Pierce said.
“The two were sent to Grady with burns to a large portion of their bodies,” Sgt. Pierce said.
Police arrested Mr. Hood, who also stayed in the area, police said. They said the incident was the result of a domestic dispute.
The two victims have been identified as Mr. Raymond Matthews, 49, and Ms. Wanda Kight, 51, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Their conditions weren’t readily available late Wednesday.
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