Police: 3 arrested for arson, vandalizing East Point patrol car

John Wesley Wade, Ellie Melvin Britt, and Vida Jones (East Point Police Department)

Police said they have arrested three people in connection to the vandalism and arson of two East Point police cars a month ago.

John Wesley Wade, 33, Ellie Melvin Britt, 35, and Vida Jones, 18, were arrested on local and federal charges last week in connection to the incident during the early morning hours of Oct. 2.

Investigators said the trio threw a brick at one of the patrol cars which had a note with political rhetoric tied to it and smashed the windows. The three suspects also reportedly were involved in setting that car and another vehicle on fire, investigators said.

Surveillance video helped to identify the suspect, investigators said. The three were also identified as being part of three other burning incidents across metro Atlanta, investigators said.

The East Point Police Department, The Marta Police Department, The Atlanta Police Department, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), The Atlanta Fire Department, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office all cooperated in the investigation.