3 accused of setting car on fire to collect insurance check
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man is accused of setting his SUV on fire in East Feliciana to collect an insurance check, and deputies think two of his friends helped him.
Jason Williams' car was found torched in Ethel on Feb. 4th. A day later, Williams contacted the Baton Rouge Police Department to report the GMC Yukon stolen and filed a claim with his insurance company. Evidence from the scene was taken to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab where investigators determined Williams started the fire intentionally. He was arrested by the State Fire Marshal's Office on Feb. 24th and charged with Arson with Intent to Defraud. He's currently out on a $10,000 bond.
Investigators also concluded two of Williams' friends helped him carry out his plot. Both Dennis Johnson, 55, and Tryone Langford, 55, are charged with Principle to Arson with Intent to Defraud. Investigators say evidence revealed Johnson helped Williams start the fire, and Langford drove the getaway car.
Johnson was arrested by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office Monday and released on a $10,000 bond. Langford was arrested Tuesday, and, at the time of this post, still being held at the East Feliciana Parish Prison. His bond has not been set.