Marshall Durbin arson suspect arrested in Oklahoma

Marshall Durbin arson suspect arrested in Oklahoma

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Investigators say Heavner took a five gallon bucket of gasoline, doused the front of the building and set it on fire. Source: Alan Collins Investigators say Heavner took a five gallon bucket of gasoline, doused the front of the building and set it on fire. Source: Alan Collins
Charles William Heavner, Jr. Source: Winston County Sheriff's Office Charles William Heavner, Jr. Source: Winston County Sheriff's Office
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Authorities say a man wanted in Winston County for setting fire to a business Tuesday morning has been captured in Oklahoma.

After Tuesday's fire, the Winston County Sheriff's Department put out a nationwide alert for 43-year-old Charles Heavner. They specifically contacted law enforcement in Florida, North Carolina and Oklahoma since he has family in those states. Around 2:45 on Thursday morning, officials in Kay County, Oklahoma spotted Heavner's car. They eventually found him hiding at his sister's home.

Heavner is facing 1st degree arson charges in Winston County. Authorities say he doused gasoline on a building at the Marshall Durbin plant in Haleyville. No one was injured in the fire.

Investigators say Heavner was upset over the company's refusal to extend a contract with him. Winston County Sheriff Rick Harris says he is relieved this man is off the streets. He was concerned Heavner might try to do it again.

"I'm really glad everyone helped us get this man and agencies 800 miles away apprehended the suspect and will allow us to bring the suspect in," said Harris.

Sheriff Harris says there could be an extradition hearing tomorrow. If that happens, they may be able to fly out there Monday and bring Heavner back to Alabama next week.

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