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Arson arrest for Olde Town brush fires
MUG - Alston Emery Lewis

A Conyers man was arrested for attempting to set grass and bushes on fire in front of multiple Olde Town homes.

Just after midnight on Monday a Conyers Police officer was flagged down by a motorist who advised she saw a subject setting fire to a bush in front of a home on Main Street in Olde Town, Conyers.

The officer located the burning bush in front of 924 Main Street and extinguished the fire.

Approximately one hour later police received a call reporting a man setting fire to the grass and bushes in front of 1006 Main Street. The caller then observed the suspect enter the pedestrian entrance to Family Initiative Residences on Main Street, a group home for those dealing with mental illnesses.

Investigators followed up with Family Initiative Residences on Monday where they located and interviewed Emery L. Alston. The investigation revealed that Alston had left the Whistle Post on foot earlier Sunday night after an argument with another patron. Alston then walked along Main Street, setting small fires to grass and shrubbery.

Investigators believe Alston did not know the residents of the homes where he had started the fires.

Alston, 40, of Conyers, was charged with two counts of Arson in the Third Degree. Alston turned himself in to the Rockdale County Jail Monday night.