Ronda Wyche was arrested on Thursday, May 25 2017 by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detectives on arson and attempted murder charges following a three month investigation.
The investigation began in the early morning hours of February 16, when Deputies were called to the 400 block of Thompkins Loop in unincorporated Columbia County. It was reported that someone had fired shots at and threw an improvised incendiary device into the occupied home.
Detectives responded and commenced the investigation. They collected items of evidence that required extensive laboratory analysis. Working congruently with Florida’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations, a suspect profile was developed from DNA and other physical evidence gathered at the scene.
Coordinating with the State Attorney’s Office, Detectives filed for an arrest warrant, which was granted and the suspect, Ronda Wyche, 52 was arrested without incident at 244 SE Milton Ter in Lake City.
Wyche was booked into the Columbia County Detention Facility on two counts of attempted murder, $500,000 bond, one count of arson, $100,000 bond and three counts of possession and manufacturing a firebomb, $60,000 bond.
Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “Solid investigative work has taken a very dangerous person off the streets.” “I’m proud of the excellent work done by the Sheriff’s Office members and the tremendous relationship we have with our state partners.”