Arson Suspect Charged with Murder - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

01/26/06

Arson Suspect Charged with Murder

Today Savannah-Chatham police charged a man already in jail for arson with murder. Investigators say Tito Vega set fire to the abandoned Yellow Tire store on Ogeechee Road, killing a man inside.

It happened around 9:30pm Sunday night. A witness told WTOC he saw Vega fueling the fire by throwing tires into the flames. The witness detained Vega until police arrived.

It took firefighters several hours to put the fire out. When they did, they found a charred body in the back room of the business.

Police still don't have an ID. All they know is that he was a Hispanic man, approximately in his 40s, 5'2", and weighed 135 pounds.

Vega will be arraigned on the murder charge tomorrow.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

Powered by Frankly