A violent argument ended with arson charges for a Clarkston man accused of attempting to burn down his pregnant wife’s home in Conyers.
Prather Quintnall Abrams, 31, was charged with four counts of arson, a count of family violence battery, criminal trespass, and two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree.
According to Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office reports, on April 11 about 2 a.m., deputies came out to the home at 2401 Shoals Drive after dispatchers received two 911 hang-up calls and a call from a female. The caller reportedly told them everything was fine but dispatchers could hear a loud male voice in the background.
When deputies arrived, Abrams was no longer inside. They did find a picture frame had been knocked off the wall and shattered with a blood spot on the wall.
Abrams’ wife told deputies she had come home and sat in the car in the garage for a few minutes. When she went in, her husband “came down and met her screaming and asking where she’d been” and accused her of being out with other men, according to the report.
He then threw her against the wall, she said. She attempted to run downstairs to check on her children, but her husband threw her against the wall again.
The wife told deputies Abrams “had been drinking and was screaming and cussing at her throughout the incident.”
The two children were able to get to the grandmother’s room, who came out during the commotion. The grandmother reportedly saw Abrams push his 5-months-pregnant wife and then take her phone.
He reportedly “stated that he’d put her to sleep.”
As the family was packing to leave for the night, the wife asked the deputies, “What if he comes back and burns my house down?” However, she said he had not threatened to do so.
Just a few minutes after leaving the house, deputies began to patrol and one saw the silhouette of a man in the living room window.
They tried to have the man come to the door, and then called the wife to come back to let them in, explaining that without her they’d have to get a search warrant from a judge, which was unlikely at such a time.
However, the wife said she wasn’t going to be able to come.
Around 5 a.m., a structure fire broke out at the house.
After firefighters put out the fire, they found a can of gasoline at the foot of the stairs.
Two area residents told deputies they found Abrams’ pit bull on their lawn.
“They’d come out to see what was the commotion and saw the dog was in their front law. They then advised that they’d seen Prather walking down the street toward Windridge approximately 15 minutes before our arrival. It appeared that Prather had set the house on fire but let his dog out before doing so.”
Abrams wife again said he had not made threats to burn down the house, but “she was fearful for her house because he seemed ‘off and not like himself.’”
Abrams was picked up on the warrant charges on May 5 and remains in Rockdale County jail.