Columbus courts: Grand jury indicts Anthony Hooper, 21, for arson

Anthony Stephen Hooper, 21, was indicted Tuesday for first-degree arson, court records state.

Hooper is accused of setting a Plateau Drive mobile home on fire on April 24.

A Pine Grove Mobile Home Park resident saw the suspect standing outside Lot 514, 3150 Plateau Drive, with a lighter in his hand early that day. She thought he looked suspicious, and she went inside her home to check on her children, police said.

When she went back out, the mobile home was in flames and the suspect, now wearing a different shirt, was walking away, reports state.

Officers found the suspect at a nearby mobile home, though he didn’t admit to starting the blaze until an officer told him to “just tell the truth,” police said.That’s when the suspect told officers he lighted a handful of pine straw on fire and threw it under the mobile home. He told police that he wanted to light the pine straw on fire because he had nothing else to do, reports state.

Hooper is being held in the Muscogee County Jail on $15,000 bond, records state.