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Church Point woman accused of setting fire to mattress in relative's home

Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 19:35:55-04

A Church Point woman has been arrested after allegedly setting fire to a mattress in a relative's home.

State Fire Marshals say Judayla Woods, 23, was arrested April 12 after recently being released from jail, and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail. Woods is facing one count of Aggravated Arson.

Judayla Woods, courtesy APSO/SFM

Around 6:15 a.m. on March 13, the Church Point Fire Department responded to the 100 block of Vallery Lane for a reported house fire. The occupants of the home, a husband and wife, two children, a grandmother, and Woods, were awakened by smoke alarms. The adult male occupant then discovered a mattress on fire in the room where Woods was sleeping; the grandmother was able to extinguish the fire.

Church Point Police, who also responded to the call, then encountered Woods armed with a large knife in the room where the fire occurred. She eventually surrendered the knife and was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. During this interaction, Woods admitted to setting the fire.

State Fire Marshal's investigators confirmed the mattress was intentionally set on fire. A warrant was then obtained for Woods' arrest.

On April 12, deputies learned the Lafayette Police Department took Woods into custody following her recent release from an area medical facility. SFM deputies then transported Woods to the Acadia Parish Jail where she was officially booked with Aggravated Arson. Her bond was set at $25,000.

The SFM would like to thank the Church Point Police Department and Lafayette Police Department for their partnership with this case.