Two Louisiana Men Arrested After Allegedly Setting Mobile Home On Fire with People Inside After an Altercation
Ascension Parish, Louisiana – Two men from Louisiana were arrested after they allegedly set a mobile home on fire with people inside following an altercation.
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office (LASFM) has arrested two Prairieville males in connection with an altercation that culminated in a fire in a mobile home with up to six persons inside at the time.
The Prairieville Fire Department responded to a report of a mobile home fire in the 38000 block of Smith Road at 6:30 a.m. on May 5. Firefighters discovered that there were as many as six individuals inside the mobile home at the time. Fortunately, everyone made it out safely.
LASFM deputies established the fire started in a bedroom and was purposefully ignited after assessing the area and taking witness accounts.
Deputies learned during the investigation that Scherer and Finley were two of the occupants in the mobile home on the morning of the fire. Furthermore, it was discovered that Scherer and Finley had a physical altercation and made threats with weapons some hours before the fire. Warrants for Scherer and Finley’s arrest were obtained after more investigation.
Later that day, on May 5, LASFM deputies apprehended Finley near Denham Springs, Louisiana, and took him into custody. A man and a woman who were with Finley at the time of his arrest were also brought into custody on unrelated Ascension Parish warrants. Before being brought to the Ascension Parish Jail, all three were booked into the Livingston Parish Jail as fugitives from Ascension Parish.
Scherer was apprehended and arrested in connection with the investigation on Friday, May 12.
On Friday, May 12, Jeremy Scherer, 37, of Prairieville, Louisiana, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on one count each of Aggravated Arson and Aggravated Battery.
Jason Finley, 43, of Prairieville, Louisiana, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on one count of Aggravated Assault on Friday, May 5.
The LASFM thanked the community for their support in rapidly resolving this issue.
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.