36-Year-Old Louisiana Man Arrested Suspected of Setting Fire to Ex-Girlfriend’s Home in Washington Parish

Published March 28, 2023

36-Year-Old Louisiana Man Arrested Suspected of Setting Fire to Ex-Girlfriend’s Home in Washington Parish

Washington Parish, Louisiana – A 36-year-old Louisiana man has been arrested and is suspected of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home in Washington Parish.

On March 27, 2023, in collaboration with many law enforcement agencies, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (LASFM) reported that they arrested a Franklinton, Louisiana man on multiple charges related to setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home.

Upon an inspection of the area and conducting witness accounts, LASFM deputies found the fire was purposefully lit. During the inquiry, deputies discovered that the owner of the mobile home had recently ended a relationship with Lopez and had received threats from Lopez since then. Lopez, who was on probation for a previous conviction, was verified as a suspect in the case after more investigation, and a warrant for his arrest was obtained on Thursday, March 23.

Lopez fled into a neighboring wooded area as LASFM deputies arrived at his location. Lopez was apprehended in a creek shortly after midnight on March 24 with the help of the Franklinton Police Department drone team and the B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center K-9 team.

On Friday, March 24, Olvin Lopez, 36, was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on one count of Simple Arson, Felony Stalking, and Unlawful Communications.
On March 5, the Washington Parish Fire District #2 responded to a complaint of a mobile home fire in the 42000 block of Highway 16 in Franklinton, Louisiana. The mobile home was not occupied at the time of the fire, and the LASFM was asked to investigate further due to suspicious circumstances.

For the successful and safe resolution of this case, the LASFM thanked all of its law enforcement partners, including the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Probation and Parole, as well as members of the public.

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.