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Former deputy arrested in fire that was set at Augusta sports bar

Tavaris Young
Tavaris Young(WRDW)
Published: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:09 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 12:31 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Deputies have arrested a former co-worker they believe set fire to an Augusta bar in May.

Former Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tavaris Young, 32, was wanted for first-degree arson after he reportedly setting fire to the Ikonz Sports Bar at 1515 North Leg Road.

He was arrested Wednesday, deputies said.

The sheriff’s agency confirmed that he was formerly employed as a deputy. Young was hired as a jailer on May 24, 2014, and was promoted to deputy on Oct. 14, 2015. Young voluntarily resigned on Feb. 5, 2018, according to the agency.

Surveillance footage released by deputies appears to show Young pouring fuel onto a blaze outside of the business around 11 p.m. May 21, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The video shows a man exiting a blue sedan with a gas can, approaching the building with his head down and splashing gasoline on the wood-paneled outer walls, according to deputies.

He was then seen setting the gasoline on fire and then pouring more gasoline on the fire.

The man then got back in the vehicle and backed up to leave.

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