Hotel Arson Arrests


Two people are arrested in connection to the recent fire at a Sardis City hotel. According to Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin Christopher Cantrell of Attalla, is charged with one count of first degree arson, a felony. Cantrell allegedly started the fire, in his room, that heavily damaged the Budget Inn, on Highway 431, on April 2. Sardis City Police Chief James Harp says, Suresh Desai of Boaz, is charged with 26 counts of reckless endangerment and one count of duty of hotel owners to maintain conditions and smoke detectors. All are misdemeanors. Cantrell is being held in the Etowah County Detention Center on $25,000 cash bond. Desai turned himself in to Sardis City and was released on $14,500 bond.

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