Man Accused Of Setting Tulsa Apartment Building On Fire
TULSA, Oklahoma - Police arrested a 35-year-old man they believe started a fire at a Tulsa apartment complex early Saturday.
Officers identified that man as Roderick Randell.
Just before 2:45 a.m. police said a 911 caller at the Adison Apartments in the 10100 block of East Admiral said a man had been inside her apartment and had pointed a gun at her. The caller also stated the man threatened to set her apartment on fire.
Officers arrived a short time later to find the apartment building on fire and began evacuating residents as firefighters arrived at the complex.
Police Cpl. Jeremy Lawson says the victim gave officers a description of Randell, which was broadcast to other officers.
Cpl. Lawson says a Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper heard that broadcast and a short time later spotted Roderick Randell driving by the fire and stopped his car. Inside the car, police found a handgun and matches.
Roderick Randell was booked into the Tulsa County jail on complaints of attempted first-degree burglary, first-degree arson and pointing a deadly weapon.
EMSA treated several apartment residents at the scene for smoke inhalation issues.