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Twin Peaks Arsonist Tells Cop: ‘I Was Supposed to Die!’


CROYLE,Roland EvanThe accused Twin Peaks arsonist was suicidal when he crashed his SUV into the side of the Augusta restaurant and set it on fire, according to a sheriff’s report.

“I was supposed to die!” suspect Roland Evan Croyle told the arresting officer while in the back of a patrol car.

Croyle told the deputy that he “intended on being shot twice in the chest and once in the head by responding officers.”

Croyle has been released from the hospital and charged with first-degree arson and four counts of aggravated assault. He’s currently in the Richmond County Jail, and a mugshot shows injuries to the right side of the face.

A sheriff’s report describes what happened at lunchtime Monday after the former Twin Peaks busboy rammed his Mitsubishi Montero into the restaurant on Robert C. Daniel Jr,. Parkway:

Deputy Kirk Watts rushed to the building, where he found flames billowing from the restaurant. He found a shirtless suspect  standing behind his vehicle.  The deputy also found off-duty sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay positioned several feet away from the arsonist. (Capt. Gay had heard the dispatch and rushed over to help.)

Deputies tackled the suspect and got him into custody. They also dragged him away from the front of the building.

“A large portion of the ground around Mr. Croyle’s vehicle was covered in fuel where he had apparently spilled it from whatever containers he had used,” the sheriff’s report says.

For more on the story, pick up tomorrow’s edition of The Jail Report. 


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


      • Your point? You missed my point…. For employee health/safety and risk management purposes, you assess. I don’t care if he can build rockets; I do care if he’ll slit my throat over a broken dish. (Or burn my place down, costing me and others dearly)

    • As a safety professional, I can say an IQ test and a pre-hire assessment is not going to determine mental stability during future troubles. The guy obviously snapped. Are you saying only less intelligent people commit crimes? That’s very stereotypical.

      • As a past trainer of safety professionals and HR, I can attest to the validity of numerous predictive assessments for candidates and employees. I am saying the majority (not all) crimes and work comp fraud (if you’d like to go that route as well) are committed by those of lesser IQ and EQ. Stereotypical would be a baseless claim; uninfluenced by facts or studies. I would hope a safety professional would be cognizant of information which could prevent unsafe acts, fraud, catastrophic claims or even death.

    • Busboy is about as low as you can get on the restaurant food chain. They would have to work their way up to fry cook. Anybody who makes it to 45yr old and is less than a fry cook isn’t playing with a full deck.

      • If its honest and they like where they are at what the hell does it matter ? Are you happy ? Bus boy,, fry cook, cashier waitress ,I guess these jobs are beneath you ? I worn many hats in my life and grateful for the experiences in which I have enjoyed and all the different people I shared them with ,now I’am retired (ahead of time ) I can look back and smile at those people and times and realize just how happy and thankful I am , can you?

        • Bus boy is an entry level job. You’re meant to start out there and work your way up to a better position, not make a career out of it. Anybody who’s that age and hasn’t, worked their way up from there is not all there mentally.

          It doesn’t bother me at all. Morons need jobs, too. But it explains ‘why it’s always the bus boys that are crazy’.

  1. Seems to be the way of the world, these days. Just yesterday in New York a doctor even, did a similar thing. Walked into the hospital where he used to work and opened fire then killed himself. This seems to be the ultimate narcissism; if I suffer or if I’ve been hurt, then I have a right to kill those whom I perceive to be responsible for my misery and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity.

    Who knows what issues this guy is dealing with? Whatever they are, he surely needs a spiritual awakening.

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