Arson charged; sex offender had used address

Published 4:21 pm Friday, February 17, 2023

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A Mocksville man has been charged with arson after a mobile home burned to the ground on Sunday, Feb. 15

Donald Marc Thomason, 43, was at the scene and taken into custody, apparently suffering from some type of mental health issue, said Davie Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brian Jacobs.

Thomason was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. This case is being investigated by the Davie County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Davie County Fire Marshall’s Office.

Jacobs said that mobile home was vacant, although Thomason had listed the address as his last address for being a sex offender. The suspect apparently lived in different places, including outbuildings on the property, Jacobs said.

Jacobs said the fire started inside the mobile home, and the accelerant used is still under investigation. Video surveillance from neighboring properties show Thomason leaving the home just prior to the fire.

Thomason was also charged with violation of a court order and felony breaking and entering. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $115,000 bond at and is being held at the Davie County Detention Center.   

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office criminal investigation division at 336-751-6238 or; orleave a tip at