James Rapheal Davis


A Keysville, Georgia, man was charged Thursday in connection with a domestic incident in North Augusta that occurred in November 2016. The incident ended with an apartment being set on fire.

James Rapheal Davis, 22, is charged with third-degree arson, second-degree domestic violence, third-degree assault and battery, grand larceny more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 and breach of trust with fraudulent intent, according to jail records.

Fire crews with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety responded to a structure fire on Nov. 22, 2016, at 4:42 p.m. at an apartment on Bradleyville Road in North Augusta, according to the report.

Upon arrival, officers observed burnt areas on the apartment's carpet and the mattress in the bedroom, but it appeared the fire had been extinguished, the report states.

Investigators spoke with the apartment resident, who claimed the suspect had assaulted her during an argument, according to the report.

The victim said the suspect told her he would burn the apartment down if she left him, the report states.

The victim told police she left and when she returned, the suspect was leaving in her Honda Accord and a fire had been set in her bedroom, the report states.

Officers reported seeing a small laceration on the victim's neck and bruises on her arms.

Davis was arrested Thursday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Friday afternoon.

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter with the Aiken Standard. Follow him on Twitter at @trippgirardeau.