The Bonifay Police Department, Bonifay Fire-Rescue and Holmes County EMS responded to a structure fire at the Holmes County Library A. J. "Jim" Dixon Annex Building at 4:16 a.m. Monday, May 7, according to he Bonifay Police Department.
The fire was quickly extinguished by Bonifay Fire-Rescue with the majority of damage confined to an outside storage building, according to the report.
The Bonifay Police Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office reviewed video surveillance from the main library building. A black male in his early 20’s was observed on the footage setting the fire and then taking pictures of the fire on a cell phone, according to the Bonifay Police Department.
An anonymous caller to Holmes County Dispatch advised there was a black male acting suspicious in the area of Indiana Villas Apartment Complex a approximately 8:02 a.m., Officers located a black male identified as Franklin Ralph Russ Jr. as the individual on surveillance footage at the library annex, according to the report.
Russ is 23 years-of-age and a resident of Bonifay. Russ was placed under arrest for arson and armed burglary of an unoccupied structure. Russ was then taken to the Holmes County Jail for booking, according to the Bonifay Police Department.
If anyone has information concerning this or any other criminal offense do not hesitate to call the Bonifay Police Department at 850-547-3661 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Holmes County at 1-866-689-TIPS (8477).