An Aiken man accused of burning the home of his child’s mother after threatening and assaulting her was arrested Sunday after local and state authorities found him hiding in a Clearwater home.
Dowell Clinton Fulmer, 49, was jailed in the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree arson and numerous violations of a court protection order, according to Sheriff Michael Hunt.
Acting on a tip, Hunt said, his office, along with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, found Fulmer while searching a Clearwater home in the 300 block of Church Street.
The arrest team, with the cooperation of the property owner, entered the home where Fulmer was hiding in a back room and took him into custody without incident, Hunt said.
“This is the prime example of state and local law enforcement agencies
cooperating together to bring fugitives to justice,” he said.
Hunt said Fulmer’s charges stem from a fire that started about 7:45 p.m. Friday at 627 Gooseneck Road after the sheriff’s office, New Holland Fire Department and supporting fire agencies received a 911 call from a domestic violence victim.
The victim told authorities that Fulmer broke into her home, grabbed her by the hair, threatened her and then set her home on fire.
Fulmer, who reportedly has a child with the victim, fled before police arrived.