MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Fire investigators believe they may have cracked a series of metro area arsons with the arrest of a 37-year-old Atlanta man on Tuesday.
They found Carlous Deushawn Banks trapped in a room at the Sun Inn motel on Highway 41 just before 3 am as fire and smoke were pouring from the front windows.
"He started the fire himself, but the problem is that he also trapped himself, so he was quite desperate when we got there," Marietta Fire Marshal Scott Tucker told 11 Alive News.
Assistant Chief Tucker said Banks escaped by breaking the rear bathroom window and crawling out.
Fire damage was confined mostly to the room Banks had rented, which was gutted.
It also turns out it wasn't his first time at the motel.
"He did stay here before, but he seems to be very quiet when he stayed here...and we never had a problem with him," motel owner Ishwar Patel told 11 Alive.