The suspect in the Twin Peaks arson case has been indicted.
The Richmond County grand jury returned a 24-count indictment Tuesday against Roland Evan Croyle, 45. He has been held in jail without bond since his arrest in connection with the June 26 fire at the restaurant off Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.
The indictment accuses Croyle of two counts of arson in the first degree, 21 counts of aggravated assault, and one count of criminal damage to property. Croyle should be arraigned on the charges in Richmond County Superior Court later this month.
According to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle, Croyle allegedly rammed his SUV into the Twin Peaks building around lunchtime June 26. He allegedly wielded a large knife and poured gas inside the restaurant which he then ignited.
Croyle indicated to law enforcement that he had intended for responding officers to shoot him. A friend of Croyle’s told The Chronicle that Croyle had been in treatment for depression. He had been fired from his job as a dishwasher for Twin Peaks and had gone through a divorce in the past year. According to court records, his divorce was finalized Dec. 7.
With the exception of a citation for a seat belt violation in 2016, Croyle has no criminal record for the past decade in Richmond, Columbia or Burke counties.
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