Louisiana Authorities Investigate Potential Serial Arsonist After Hotel Fires, One Arrested

By Evelina Rivers
Published November 29, 2023

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Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana – A man from Bayou Blue, Louisiana, has been arrested by Louisiana State Fire Marshal deputies, with the help of law enforcement partners in Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes. The arrest is in connection with two hotel fires in November 2023, and investigators are exploring the possibility of his involvement in additional incidents.

On Monday, November 27th, Deshaun Montgomery, 31, of Bayou Blue, Louisiana was arrested and taken to the Terrebonne Parish Jail. He was charged with Aggravated Arson, along with other charges from the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. The following day, Tuesday, November 28th, a second warrant was obtained for an additional Aggravated Arson charge against him.

The initial arrest is linked to a fire that was reported at approximately 5 p.m. on Monday, November 27th, at a hotel situated in the 800 block of North Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Firefighters discovered an extinguished flare in a hallway within the hotel’s lobby area. The hotel was reportedly nearly at capacity when the fire occurred. Fortunately, no one was harmed.

The second warrant is connected to a fire that was reported less than 24 prior to the other fire, at around 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 26th, at a hotel on Linda Ann Avenue in Gray, Louisiana. When firefighters arrived, they discovered a burnt flare in a stairwell. There were approximately twelve individuals staying in the hotel during the fire, but fortunately, no one was harmed.

During the investigation of the Gray case, Louisiana SFM deputies received a request to investigate the Thibodaux fire incident. Consequently, they collaborated closely with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office and Thibodaux Police to establish a connection between the two cases and recognize Montgomery as a suspect in both instances.

In the evening, Terrebonne Sheriff’s deputies arrested Montogomery for existing warrants while pulling him over for a traffic violation. Subsequently, he was formally charged with Thibodaux Aggravated Arson and other offenses linked to the fire. As of now, he is awaiting the booking process for the Gray case.

Working with local law enforcement, deputies from SFM are currently investigating two other hotel fires in Houma, Louisiana, and Mathews, Louisiana. They suspect that there might be more unidentified cases of a similar nature.

The Louisiana SFM is requesting the public’s assistance in providing any information regarding hotel fire cases, whether they are already known or possibly unidentified. To do so, individuals can submit tips to the LASFM Arson Hotline either by calling 1-844-954-1221 or by visiting lasfm.org. It is important to note that all tips can be submitted confidentially without revealing one’s identity.

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