Police investigating Pearl Street apartment fire

  • Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:20 p.m.
Anthony Lavonne Sykes
Anthony Lavonne Sykes

Salisbury police are investigating whether a Wednesday night fire at a Pearl Street apartment was the result of arson.

Investigators spoke with Evon Wallace, 45, who told authorities her ex-boyfriend was at her apartment in the Cambridge Court complex, off Morlan Park Road, Wednesday night before the fire.

Sykes, 41, of the 1500 block of South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer, was charged with breaking and entering a building and first-degree trespass, both misdemeanors.

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said the origin of the fire is still under investigation.

Wallace was home with her 13-year-old daughter and a few other neighbors when Sykes came into the apartment. She told Sykes to leave, but he did not.

A report said Sykes walked into a bedroom and walked out. He threw a beer can at Wallace and soon left the apartment. The apartment’s smoke alarm went off and there was fire in the bedroom.

Everyone inside was able to get out without injury, but the apartment was destroyed.

Sykes was arrested early Thursday at his home. Spencer police assisted in the arrest. Sykes remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500 secured bond.

Sykes has a number of assault convictions dating to 1988 and his most recent conviction was January 2011 for assault on an officer. Sykes was also convicted of damage to property, communicating threats, drunk and disorderly, burning personal property, breaking and entering, discharging a firearm and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253. Twitter: www.twitter.com/salpostpotts Facebook: www.facebook.com/Shavonne.SalisburyPost.

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