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Four teens arrested for setting fire outside Crowley home

Posted at 5:06 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-24 11:42:18-04

Four teens have been arrested for setting a fire outside of an occupied home belonging to one of the grandmother of one of the teens.

Louis Moss, 18, was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Arson.

A 16-year-old boy and two 13-year-old boys were also arrested on Aggravated Arson charges and released into the custody of their guardians.

On the evening of August 22, the Crowley Fire Department requested the assistance of the State Fire Marshal's Office to determine the origin and cause of a fire outside of a home located in the 700 block of S. Avenue F.

After an assessment of the scene, the fire was determined to have been intentionally set.

The fire was limited to a pile of brush material at the base of the stairs to the home's only access door.

SFM deputies learned the elderly homeowner, who has a disability, was inside of the home at the time of the fire.

Through witness statements and evidence collected, the homeowner's 16-year-old grandson and three other teens were identified as suspects.

In an interview with investigators, the 16-year-old admitted to setting the brush on fire while the others added more brush to the flames.

The teen told investigators that he did not realize the harm he could have caused his grandmother.

Arrest warrants were obtained for the teens and each were taken into custody separately.