Arson Apartment Frequented by Law Enforcement

FSCO filed 82 reports this year at Queens Manor

MAYFLOWER, Ark. -- A Faulkner County apartment complex is under fire after someone set it on fire this weekend.

23 year old Carlon Ricks now faces felony arson charges after his arrest Monday. 16 units at the Queens Manor apartments went up in flames Saturday night.

However, this is far from the first time the complex has found itself a crime scene.

Two weeks before Carlon's arrest, Faulkner County detectives were working a homicide at the complex. 18 year old Rahzel Tennant and 23 year old Phalon Tennant were later arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a man.

Queens Manor is frequently on law enforcement's radar. The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office says it's filed 82 reports there since January, which boils down to an average of two reports a week. Mayflower Police said its experience has been similar, with the chief telling us his officers are called out to Queens Manor roughly once a week.

The apartment's Facebook pages boasts no background checks, no credit checks, and no leases. That means it sometimes attracts people who have difficulty finding housing elsewhere. A report from earlier this year showed 11 sex offenders were living there.

"I've heard a whole bunch of mean details about these apartments at my school," said 13 year old Tusani Jergins, who lives at Queens Manor with her mom and three brothers. "I don't listen to them, I walk away."

Jergins says she's grateful her family was allowed to move in four years ago, because her mother is a convicted felon. She says the negative comments made about Queens Manor get on her nerves, because while some call the complex a nuisance, she's happy to call it a home that's helped her family bounce back.

Carlon Ricks, the suspect in that devastating fire, is expected to make his first court appearance in Faulkner County Wednesday morning. Arkansas Community Corrections confirmed to us Tuesday he was already on probation for two prior drug charges.

As for the roughly 50 people displaced in the fire, the Red Cross helped find them places to stay if they had nowhere else to go.

First Baptist Church in Mayflower is also accepting clothing and shoe donations for those who lost everything.


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