Ray arrested for arson

Robert Ray

Robert Ray, 49. of Fayette was arrested on Jan. 24 by the Fayette Police Department and charged with three counts of arson and a SORNA (Sex Offender Registration Notification Act) violation. According to arresting officer, Jordan Roberts, Ray had been living in an apartment at Harmony Lanes in Fayette. On Jan. 1, Fayette Police Officers Landon Miller and Trace Norris responded, along with the Fayette Fire Department, to an apartment fire at Harmony Lane.


Former Fayette resident victim of arson attack

Pictured is the apartment from which Amanda Stephens was rescued.

A tenant of a burning apartment, who jumped to safety during the fire, has been charged with first degree arson and domestic violence first degree assault after her roommate was seriously injured in the blaze before being rescued by firefighters. Ashley Brooke Hardin, 32, of 218 Carl Elliott Heights, Haleyville, formerly of Arab, was charged based on a warrant obtained by the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office for arson first degree, noted Lt. Eddie Collins, investigator with the Haleyville Police Department.