19-Year-Old Louisiana Man Arrested Suspected of Aggravated Arson in Connection with a Structure Fire

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Published January 19, 2023

19-Year-Old Louisiana Man Arrested Suspected of Aggravated Arson in Connection with a Structure Fire

Houma, Louisiana – A Louisiana man has been arrested suspected of Aggravated Arson in connection with a structure fire in Houma, Louisiana.

The arrest of a Houma, Louisiana man in connection with an arson investigation was announced by Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet. Trinity Michael Chaisson, 19, was arrested for Aggravated Arson in connection with a structure fire on Mozart Drive in Houma, Louisiana on January 16, 2023.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division was called to an address in the 300 block of Mozart Drive shortly after 11:00 a.m. on Monday in reference to an active structure fire being worked by the Grand Caillou Fire Department. When the Fire Department arrived, they discovered that a camper trailer-style structure was on fire and quickly determined that the home was unoccupied. Firefighters worked tirelessly to put out the fire, despite the fact that the house was severely damaged. After the fire was extinguished, firefighters discovered indicators that led them to believe the fire was deliberately started.

TPSO Patrol Deputies learned from the homeowner that she was sleeping in the home when she was awakened by smoke during the investigation. She observed Trinity Michael Chaisson inside the residence, who allegedly made threats of bodily harm, as he attempted to stop her from exiting the burning structure.
After a brief struggle with Chaisson, the homeowner was able to exit the home and flee to safety as Chaisson fled the area. TPSO Patrol Deputies were given information about Chaisson’s whereabouts, and he was apprehended a short time later at a residence in the 2700 block of Express Blvd.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene and Detectives responded to the scene as a result of the incident and confirmed evidence that the fire was intentional. The information gleaned from the investigation was shared with TPSO Detectives, who were able to connect Chaisson to the fire. During the interview, detectives brought Trinity Chaisson in for questioning, and she eventually admitted to starting the fire on purpose.

Chaisson was later arrested and jailed at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on Aggravated Arson charges, where he is still being held on a $50,000 bond by local judges.

Sheriff Soignet thanked the TPSO Patrol Division, TPSO Investigations, and the Grand Caillou Fire Department for their help. Sheriff Tim Soignet said, “This was a very dangerous situation, and could have become tragic if not for the actions of the First Responders. Patrol Deputies did an amazing job of taking this offender into custody quickly and safely. As always, I ask for privacy for the victim, and patience as our Detectives work to finalize this investigation.”

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged. A person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.