Bond set at $50k for teen accused of arson, burglary

Rahiem Bradley (Source: CCDC)
Rahiem Bradley (Source: CCDC)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A teen accused of setting fire to a home on the outskirts of Mt. Pleasant this week was granted a $50,000 bond on Friday.

A judge set bond for 18-year-old Raheim Bradley at $25,000 for third-degree arson and $25,000 for first-degree burglary.

Bradley was arrested Thursday, one day after deputies and Awendaw Fire Department responded to a burning home at 2769 Rifle Range Road.

Court documents state Bradley walked inside the home on Wednesday afternoon before he walked out and threw an "incendiary" object into the home, causing it to set fire.

The suspect then fled the area into the woods, witnesses said.

A witness also told investigators that they had seen a male subject riding a bicycle in the area on several occasions before the incident.

The sheriff's office says the motive and the device that was used to start the fire is under investigation.

The homeowner, Julie Williams, said Friday that Bradley was an acquaintance of her son's, and that he had been in the home several times.

One day earlier, she said, "I am so hurt, it's so meaningless and I don't know the reason why he would do this.".

"I would like to know why he felt he had to do this," Williams said. "He put a whole family out on the street. He still has a roof over his head but we don't."

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