Deputies: Man accused of trying to set sister's home on fire turns self in

Published: Aug. 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2015 at 4:01 PM EDT
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Photo Source: Colleton Co. Fire & Rescue
Photo Source: Colleton Co. Fire & Rescue

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff's Department says a man accused of attempting to set a house on fire with his pregnant sister and her two children inside has turned himself in.

Dequz Washington of Yemassee was wanted for arson and three counts of attempted murder, deputies said in July.

Washington turned himself in Wednesday morning, according to Lt. Shane Roberts.

A deputy with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on the 400 block of Jonesville Ave in reference to an arson on July 27.

The victim told a Colleton County dispatcher her door was on fire and and her brother was pouring gas on the house.

"I want to report somebody that's light fire to my house," the woman can be heard telling the dispatcher.

When the dispatcher asks the woman how she knows someone lit the door on fire, she said,"Because I can see it outside. I would like them arrested tonight."

According to the woman, her brother was angry with her for putting his property outside of the house and telling him he had to leave. While she was in the house, she says she and her two children saw him pouring the gasoline.

The owner of the home, the suspect's uncle, told deputies he was renting the home to his nephew and two nieces. He said his nephew wasn't paying bills at the home, so his niece put his property outside.

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