Friday, May 27, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS — The unknown men who set a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of a Norcross Extended Stay motel Thursday morning specifically targeted their victim, officials believe.
Gwinnett County firefighters discovered a smoldering silver Mercedes outside the Motel 6 at 6015 Oakbrook Parkway at about 11 a.m. Thursday, department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.
Investigators believe the two unidentified black men, whom witnesses reported fleeing from the scene, doused the vehicle with a “flammable product” and then set it on fire, Rutledge said.
Officials do not believe it was a random act.
“The two men apparently targeted the vehicle, which belongs to an Extended-Stay guest at the motel,” Rutledge said.
The pair of suspects are believed to have left the scene in a black Pontiac. Upon apprehension, they will likely face charges of first-degree arson, which carries a sentence of one to 20 years incarceration, Rutledge said.
“It is unknown at this point who the two individuals are and why they torched the vehicle,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gwinnett fire investigators at 678-518-4890.