$50,000 bond set for teen suspected of 2 North Charleston fires

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A 17-year-old man accused of setting two fires at a North Charleston home received a $50,000 bond Wednesday morning.

The fires happened at a home on Greenridge Road in Northwoods Estates.

Michael Lee Manigault, 18, of Greenridge Road, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of arson. North Charleston police say the teen lives close to a home that was damaged by fire Monday.

A North Charleston officer responding to Monday's fire said he saw a teenager running away from the fire. When the officer made contact with the teen, he said he noticed that the person was sweating profusely with jittery movements as if he was nervous.

The officer asked the teen what was going on and the teen replied that there was a fire. According to investigators, the officer proceeded with a field interview with the teen since the officer knew him as a person of interest in prior property crimes in the area.

The officer says as he met with the victims and neighbors, the suspect came back to the scene, completely changed and now with his left arm in a sling, asking if the families were OK.  Witnesses told police that they had came out of their homes and encountered the teen. They also noticed that the teen had changed clothes three times during the incident.

The teen also told police that the fire started in a back room. The officer says that when fire engines arrived, the suspect fled the scene.

Investigators also say Manigault was involved in a reported dumpster fire on Saturday at a Greenridge Road residence that was under construction and then was also responsible for Monday's fire at the same location.

In May of last year, the Greenridge Road homeowner lost everything in an electrical fire. The homeowner says she was planning to move back into her house in about two months.

For more on the fires at the home, click here.

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