Alleged arsonist surrenders to Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy at house fire
According to Loretta Floyd, one her neighbors, 21-year-old Brandon Hobbs, fought with his father before torching the abandon house located at, 180 Stembridge Road.
“He and his daddy got into a fist fight,” said Floyd. “Then I saw him go up and down the street, then he came over to my house asking for my son. I told him my son was not at home. He left and tried to start a fight with somebody else.”
Floyd said most of the trailer homes on Stembridge Road belong to members of her family. Shortly after leaving Floyd’s home Hobbs showed up at her mother-in-law’s house.
“She called me and asked, ‘who was the man hanging around her fence?’”said Floyd.
That man turned out to be Hobbs.
Baldwin County Fire Chief Troy Reynolds said they arrived at the fire scene around 7 p.m. Chief Reynolds says when they arrived at the house it was partially engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze from spreading to other homes. Once the fire was under control, a Baldwin County Sheriff deputy arrived at he scene.
Floyd said she saw Hobbs walking up the street towards the charred home taking off his shirt, then she says he lifted his hands in the air and confessed to the deputy he started the fire.
“He told the deputy he had no place to go,” said Floyd. She says she was so angry with Hobbs, that she threw him his T-shirt and scolded him.
Hobbs was arrested and taken to the Baldwin County Jail. He is charged with arson in the first degree.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Deputy have taken Hobbs into custody before. He was arrested Jan. 30, 2012 and charged with marijuana possession. Hobbs was arrested a second time on January, 23 , 2013 and charged with probation violation and again on July, 10, 2013 for probation violation.