Bolton Avenue man charged with using T-shirt to set girlfriend's car on fire

A Bolton Avenue man faced charges of first degree arson during a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing after he was arrested for setting his girlfriend's car on fire.

Kendrick Pearce, 33, faced charges of first degree arson and first degree criminal damage to property during a 9 a.m. hearing. His case was heard by Judge Michael Cielinski.

A Muscogee County Sheriff's deputy told the court that at about 4:30 a.m., Sunday, deputies were called to the 1000 block of Bolton Avenue in reference to an arson. When they arrived, the victim said she came outside her apartment shortly after an argument with Pearce and saw he had placed an on-fire T-shirt under the front of her car.

The victim ran inside to get water for the fire. By the time she came out with a second bucket of water, Pearce had allegedly stuffed an empty vodka bottle with a piece of T-shirt, set it on fire, and placed it under the rear of the vehicle.

When she tried to put out the second fire, Pearce allegedly told the victim not to go near the car because "when it blows up, it's going to be big."

Significant damage was done to the hood of the car. An estimate of the damage was not available during the hearing.

During the hearing, the victim told the court that Pearce occasionally stays at her apartment to help take care of their child. Cielinski issued a stay-away order during the hearing.

Cielinski set Pearce's bond at $20,000. His case will be forwarded to Muscogee County Superior Court.