Authorities: Wells man torches ex-girlfriend's car

Authorities: Wells man torches ex-girlfriend's car

WELLS, TX (KTRE) - On Sept. 5, Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 19-year-old man on a felony arson warrant for allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend's car on fire at the Wells Manor Apartments.

Orlando DeMarcus Thacker, 19, of Wells, is still being held in the Cherokee County Jail on a second-degree felony arson charge. His bond has been set at $50,000.

"We gathered enough evidence for an arrest warrant, and he was arrested in Wells," said Detective Joey Ray of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

Ray said that the arrest was in connection to an incident that occurred on Aug. 26. He said that Thacker is believed to have used an accelerant to set his ex-girlfriend's 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse on fire while it was parked at the Wells Manor Apartments after he and the woman, who was the complainant in the case, got into a verbal dispute. The CCSO detective said the vehicle was a "total loss," and that it was burned inside and out.

Cherokee County Constable Jack White, who is a trained arson investigator, assisted with the investigation. An arrest warrant for Thacker was issued on Sept. 2.

Thacker was allegedly involved in another incident that took place at Wells Manor Apartments in December 2011. He and three other men were named as suspects by Kirkwood and charged with burglary of a habitation a day after CCSO deputies responded to a disturbance call at the apartment complex.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found that Jimmy Kirkwood had been the victim of a brutal beating and stabbing attack. According to reports, Kirkwood was visiting a friend at the complex when five suspects allegedly kicked down the door and entered the home without permission.

Kirkwood was taken to Memorial Hospital in Lufkin for surgery and treatment.

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