NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A 31-year-old man was arrested on Monday for arson and other crimes after he allegedly set fire to the exterior of a North Charleston mall.
A North Charleston Police Department arson investigator was called to a shopping mall near Eagle Landing Boulevard for what was described as a “possible arson fire.”
North Charleston Fire Department told the investigator the suspect had just fled on foot. The officer caught up with the man, who repeatedly refused orders. Brandon Allen Mauldin was eventually taken into custody after reinforcements from the Hanahan Police Department arrived.
An investigation found the fire was started by “natural or ordinary fuel” on the ground, according to an NCPD report. The source, according to the investigator, was identified as an open flame lit by hand.
Police said the fire spread to an area of half an acre of land, causing damage to trees, grass and a utility pole.
Mauldin’s charges include third-degree arson, grand theft under $10,000, and arson of another’s land.
He had already been arrested on March 6 for “breaching the peace”, according to prison records. He was later released on a personal recognizance charge of $200.