Man Charged with Arson at Nashville Clothing Store

Nashville authorities charge a man with aggravated arson following a store fire.

Nashville Fire Department investigators, in collaboration with Metro Nashville Police Department detectives, have charged Pardrae Gooch, 37, with aggravated arson in connection with a fire at S Fashion Clothing Store located at 4702B Nolensville Pike on May 29, 2024.

Investigators responded to the scene following the fire and spoke with an employee who reported that Gooch had robbed the store and assaulted her. The employee was knocked unconscious during the robbery. Prior to the attack, nothing in the store was on fire. Investigators ruled out accidental causes and determined the fire was intentionally set.

Metro Nashville Police Department detectives reviewed surveillance footage from the store and identified Gooch as the suspect. The victim also confirmed the identification. The fire caused damage to merchandise and parts of the restroom where the items were stored.

Gooch is currently held in the Davidson County Jail on a $100,000 bond for the aggravated arson charge. He faces additional charges related to the robbery and resulting fire damage. Gooch is scheduled to appear in court on June 7, 2024, at 12:35 p.m.

Anyone with information about arson is encouraged to contact the Nashville Fire Department Arson Hotline at 615-862-5640 or the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. The hotline is operational 24 hours a day, and callers can remain anonymous. Cash rewards of up to $5,000 are available for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

The Nashville Fire Department emphasizes that arson is a costly crime, contributing to increased insurance premiums, medical costs, lost jobs, and higher fire service expenses. Community assistance is crucial in combating this serious issue.

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