Albemarle Police arrest suspect for Walmart fire

Published 9:30 am Monday, December 21, 2020

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A man has been arrested following a fire at Walmart Friday night.

Police were dispatched to 781 Leonard Ave. to assist the Albemarle Fire Department with a structure fire. The Albemarle Fire Department arrived on the scene and began fighting the fire.

Alexander H. Lentz

Upon investigation of the cause of the fire, officers located a suspicious male on video leaving the area where the fire began. Patrol officers were able to locate the suspect hiding behind the dumpster at Dollar Tree.

After a short altercation, the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect, Alexander H. Lentz, 33, was arrested for first degree arson, burning of
personal property, intoxicated and disruptive, assault on a government official and resisting a public officer.

Lentz was given a $150,000 secured bond for his release. His first scheduled court appearance is Dec. 28 at 9 a.m.