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Multiple agencies looking for suspected arsonist

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James Randall Spensley


The Jones County Sheriff’s Department has identified the person responsible for the July 27 attack of a law enforcement family that was in the form of an attempt to set fire to their home.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of James Randall Spensley, 35, of Centerville, in reference to the arson. A press release states that Spensley should be considered dangerous and anyone having contact or any knowledge of his location should call the sheriff’s office at 986-3489.

Investigator Capt. Jimmy Black said Spensley was identified through a joint effort of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County Sheriff’s Officer, Centerville Police Department, FBI and the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force.

In addition to the Jones County charges, the suspect also has an outstanding warrant in Houston County.

Black said Spensley was last seen about 9 p.m., July 31, in the area of Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. The suspect is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, has brown hair and blue eyes. He has a large tribal style tattoo on his left forearm and a smaller similar tattoo on the inside of his right wrist.

The investigator said the sheriff’s department received information over the weekend about possible suspects in the arson.

“We looked at our jail records first,” he said.

Black said several dozens of suspects were cleared during the investigation, but Spensley’s name came up more than once. He said, when it was found the suspect had charges pending in Jasper County, they started looking harder at him.

The investigator said the pending charges against Spensley included criminal attempts to commit child molestation, obstruction and possession of methamphetamine. The suspect also has pending theft charges in Bibb County.

“We started collecting information and sent folks to interview people who knew him,” Black said.

The decision to identify Spensley as the arsonist in the Jones County case was a joint decision of all the investigators working the case, according to Black. He said that decision was made late in the afternoon July


“We cleared multiple suspects before focusing on Spensley,” the investigator emphasized.

Black said Spensley is being actively pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies.