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NFD Arson Investigators Arrest Man for Setting Fire to Employer’s Building

7/26/2018
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

Woman also arrested for helping to hide arson suspect in her attic

Nashville, TN (July 26, 2018) –Nashville Fire Department Arson Investigators charged a man with Felony Arson after surveillance video shows him breaking into College Hunk Moving Company located at 443 McNally Drive and setting multiple fires, just after midnight July 26, 2018.

NFD Arson Investigators arrested Jiovhan Rashad Stevenson, 28, of 3502 Runabout Drive on one count of Felony Arson.

During the course of their investigation Arson Investigators also charged Brenda Baker, 29, with Felony Accessory After the Fact for lying to NFD Investigators and MNPD about Stevenson’s whereabouts when they questioned her.

On July 26, 2018 around 12:30 am an alarm company alerted emergency responders to a smoke alarm at the College Hunk Moving Company building located on McNally Drive.

When Engine 27 arrived firefighters found smoke coming from the roof. The engine company then called for a full response to the scene. Firefighters forced entry into the building through a glass door and found the building full of smoke. Firefighters also found a small fire on top of a work table.

NFD Arson Investigators responded to the scene and began their investigation. The business has surveillance cameras inside and outside of the building.

Video of the scene shows a man break into each office in the building. Video shows the man then go through desk drawers and filing cabinets. Video also shows the man setting fires in the front of the building and in the warehouse area.

Management on scene identified the man in the video as Stevenson a current employee of College Hunk Moving Company.

Fire Investigators along with MNPD Detectives went to Stevenson’s listed address of 3502 Runabout Drive. At the home Brenda Baker told investigators that she had not seen Stevenson in several days. When she denied investigators permission to search the home for Stevenson NFD investigators obtained a search warrant.

During the subsequent court ordered search investigators found Stevenson hiding in the far corner of the home’s attic under several blankets. NFD Investigators took him into custody.

Investigators questioned Baker and she admitted to lying to investigators about Stevenson’s whereabouts.

Baker is charged with Felony Accessory After the Fact. She is free on $4,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 17, 2018.

Stevenson remains in DCSO custody on $15,000 bond. He is scheduled for a review hearing on July 30, 2018 in front of Judge William Higgins.

Jiovhan Stevenson

Brenda Baker