Believed to have fled to Afghanistan, alleged arsonist in Gwinnett jail

Mohammad Amin Said-Padshah

Mohammad Amin Said-Padshah

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LAWRENCEVILLE — A Lilburn man accused of setting his home on fire with at least one other family member inside and who was believed to have absconded to his native Afghanistan, is back in Gwinnett.

Gwinnett County jail records show Mohammad Amin Said-Padshah, 48, was booked Sunday and charged with first-degree arson, false imprisonment and simple battery. He is being held without bond.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 700 block of Stacey Court in Lilburn on the afternoon of Feb. 4, reportedly finding Said-Padshah still inside the room of origin. He was taken to the hospital with injuries from “high heat and smoke.” Another resident in the home at the time was evaluated at the scene and released.

The cause of the fire — which caused only moderate damage to the home’s garage — was originally deemed undetermined, but Gwinnett County arson investigators ruled it arson several weeks later. Authorities believed the blaze might have been part of a suicide attempt.

Arrest warrants were issued for Said-Padshah in early April, despite officials believing that their suspect had fled to Afghanistan.

“They’re hoping he’ll end up coming back to the States,” fire department spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said at the time.

Exact details about how or why Said-Padshah returned to the U.S. were not available Monday.

Said-Padshah’s online booking sheet showed a hold for immigration officials. First-degree arson and false imprisonment are both felonies.

story created on Monday 7/22/2013 at 2:12:19 pm by Tyler Estep

story modified on Monday 7/22/2013 at 3:52:31 pm by Todd Cline