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Authorities: Man set fire to two county vehicles

Justin Doskocil

Justin Doskocil

SUWANEE — Police and fire investigators believe a Suwanee man set fire to four different vehicles at a Gwinnett County Public Schools facility over the weekend, destroying one county-owned van and damaging another.

Twenty-year-old Justin Doskocil was arrested Monday and charged with two felony counts apiece of first-degree arson and criminal attempt to commit arson. Gwinnett County jail records show he was released on bond the day after his alleged actions at the GCPS Instructional Support Center on Old Peachtree Road.

According to authorities, a passerby near the facility spotted flames and smoke at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday and called 911. The same witness reportedly saw Doskocil leaving the scene.

When police and fire arrived, they found that someone had attempted to ignite four vehicles: two Ford work vans owned by Gwinnett County and two personal cars. The interior of one van was “fully burned,” a police report said, and the other had significant damage as well

“Doskocil admitted to stuffing and igniting padded material in the gas tank on the two private vehicles,” Gwinnett County fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. “Neither readily ignited, so he then set fire to paper materials inside the passenger compartment on the two county vans. Flames erupted inside the vans causing damage.”

Damage to the two private cars was minimal. Both vans had been left unlocked, police said.

Doskocil was reportedly seen leaving the scene in a motorized wheelchair. He later admitted to lighting the fires “in an attempt to harm himself,” Rutledge said.

First-degree arson is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.