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Grand Avenue arson suspect booked in Putnam jail

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    Cedric C. Hurt

On Nov. 2, Cedric Cantrell Hurt of Eatonton was booked into Putnam County Jail after being incarcerated similarly in Wayne County on Aug. 5.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills said Hurt finally bonded out of jail in Jesup.

“They told us to come get him,” he said.

It is Hurt who is suspected of committing arson that burned two vehicles and a home on Grand Avenue in Eatonton on July 31. Six people were reportedly inside the home but got out safely.

It was on Aug. 5 that Hurt was found at a motel in Jesup by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

Wayne County authorities charged Hurt with felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of a drug related object.

But it wasn’t just for arson that authorities in Putnam County were on the lookout for Hurt, 37, whose legal residence is on Grand Avenue. On June 20, a motorist identified as Hurt failed to stop for a traffic stop and fled on Oconee Street in Eatonton going more than 65 mph. The driver attempted a right turn onto Spring Street but struck a utility pole and street signs. That driver fled the scene on foot after being told to stop, according to those reports.

Reports further state that deputies found a stolen handgun in the vehicle, a Ford Expedition, and that deputies were en route to execute warrants on Hurt prior to the chase and wreck. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office had been seeking Hurt for probation violation on burglary charges from January 2018. Putnam County then charged him fleeing or attempting to elude police, theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of failure to stop for stop sign, driving while license suspended, driving on wrong side of the road and obstruction of an officer.

Eatonton Police made warrants for six counts of aggravated assault (four tagged with family violence) and three counts of arson in the first degree (two tagged with family violence).

Hurt is also being charged with criminal trespass family violence and possession of arms by convicted felon.

Further warrants against Hurt come from the Milledgeville Police, who is charging him with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of terroristic threats and acts.

Sheriff Sills said Hurt “won’t be going anywhere,” that his bond was denied and, due to the probation violation, would not be entitled to bond anyway.