ARSON SUSPECT CAPTURED THURSDAY
April 21, 2017, UPDATE: The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says Jacuantis Noland-Turner was taken into custody Thursday around 1 p.m. by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.
He’s been placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a first-degree arson charge on a $60,000 bond, and revocation order with no bond.
Noland-Turner was originally facing burglary charges as well, but that charge has been dropped.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office needs your help finding a man they say tried to burn his ex-girlfriend’s house down while she was inside.
It happened in the 900 block of 36th Avenue around 6 p.m. Wednesday. When authorities arrived, they met an 18-year-old woman who said she was inside the home when her ex-boyfriend, identified as 22-year-old Jacquantis Dewayne Noland-Turner, kicked in her door and started an argument.
The victim said she ran and locked herself in the bathroom while Noland-Turner grabbed a baseball bat and began smashing the walls and door of the bathroom and telling her to come out or he’d burn the house down.
The victim said she soon smelled gasoline and smoke. When officers arrived, they found some material burning near a gas can and noticed what appeared to be gas sloshed around the door and home, but Noland-Turner was gone.
“He poured gas on the clothes and on the floor,” said Capt. Kip Hart with the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit. “He lit at least one shirt. For whatever reason, when he threw it down it may have put itself out, but the item was still smoldering. You could tell there was fire damage to the door, but it did not become involved. ”
The victim was not injured in the altercation.
Noland-Turner is wanted on arson and burglary charges.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Noland-Turner should contact the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 205-464-8672 or Tuscaloosa County Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.