A married couple is behind bars after the wife of a suspected triple arsonist who was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly set fire to a vehicle in south Forsyth was arrested hours before her husband for littering dirty diapers, officials said Friday.
Disha Ratilalbhai Tank, 31, of south Forsyth, is accused of spitting in a deputy’s face and throwing “numerous” dirty diapers into the street Tuesday night, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
“Around 8:30 p.m. on July 11, Tank went outside and started throwing soiled diapers into the roadway,” Rainwater said. “Someone dialed 911, and a deputy came out to investigate the suspicious person call. When the deputy inquired about what Tank was doing, she spit in his face and was charged with simple battery on a law enforcement officer. She was also charged with littering.
“This wasn’t the first time [the littering] has happened.”
Tank’s husband, Piyushkumar Dayalaji Mistry, 38, was arrested about five hours later after a deputy noticed a suspicious vehicle close to where a car was set on fire on Saddlebrook Glen Drive in south Forsyth.
“While canvassing the area, a suspicious vehicle was seen leaving the neighborhood and was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy,” Rainwater said. “The deputy noticed items in the vehicle that possibly implicated Mistry in the arson. Forsyth County Fire Department arson investigators were called to the scene.
“During the course of the traffic stop, deputies discovered that Mistry had left his 6-month-old child alone at his home. Deputies conducted a welfare check on the child, who was found on an upstairs bed, alone.”
In addition to the felony arson charges, Mistry was arrested for cruelty to children – deprivation and driving on a suspended registration.
Forsyth County Fire Department Division Chief Barry Head said due to the suspicious items in the vehicle, a search warrant was later issued and executed on the couple’s home, which is in the Springmonte subdivision, where Mistry is accused of setting the first two fires – one to the neighborhood’s clubhouse and one to a pavilion by the tennis courts on July 5 and 8, respectively.
The car fire occurred around 1:05 a.m. July 12.
“[The] warrant was issued for the individual’s home, where items linked to the three fires were found,” Head said Thursday. “The Forsyth County Fire Marshal’s Office charged him on July 12 with three counts of first-degree arson. The investigation remains ongoing.”
Rainwater said Mistry did not give any motive for the fires.
“As soon as he was read his Miranda rights, he asked for lawyer,” he said.
The infant is being cared for by Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) workers. It was not immediately known if the couple has any other children.
As of Friday afternoon, Tank was being held in the Forsyth County Jail on a $2,340 bond.
Mistry remains at the Forsyth County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Both husband and wife also have a hold for the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement division (ICE).