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Juveniles arrested for starting fire at Crowley baseball park

Posted at 2:11 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 15:30:49-04

ACADIA PARISH – The State Fire Marshal’s Office, in collaboration with Crowley Police Department, have arrested three teenagers for setting a fire inside of a baseball park bathroom.

On Saturday, April 13, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for one count each of simple arson and criminal damage to property, according to Ashley Rodrigue, State Fire Marshal’s Office, Public Affairs Director. A second 15-year-old was arrested for one count of simple arson while a 12-year-old boy was arrested for one count of criminal damage to property. All three were released into the custody of their guardians. A 14-year-old present during the crimes was released without charges.

State Fire Marshal deputies were called in on April 12, to a baseball park, located in the 700 block of West Mill Road in Crowley, to investigate the origin and cause of a fire inside of the men’s bathroom building, stated Rodrigue.

After an assessment of the scene, investigators determined two toilet paper rolls were set on fire intentionally, while two toilet paper dispensers and two soap dispensers were ripped off of the walls.

Through witness statements and collaboration with Crowley Police, investigators identified the teens as suspects and brought them in for questioning.

In an interview with deputies, the teens admitted to setting the fires and damaging the property, added the Director.