Posted: Apr 28, 2014 12:41 PM by Erin McWilliams
Updated: Apr 28, 2014 12:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - A man has been arrested for arson after at least 16 residents, ages two months to 53 years old, were endangered due to the fire.
The fire happened Saturday morning in the 11000 block of Sherwood Hollow around 10:30 a.m., according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.
Baton Rouge Police arrested Derrick Jones, 35, for arson, burglary, stalking, and terrorizing after breaking into the apartment complex and then following the victim, his estranged girlfriend.
An arrest affidavit says Jones damaged a flat screen TV and other items in the victim's home before setting fire to the first floor bedroom.
The blaze destroyed the apartment and two other units sustained heavy smoke and water damage. Investigators say the fire caused around $100,000 in damages.
Smoke was first noticed coming from the window of the bedroom by one of the occupants while across the street.
Jones sent more than 25 text messages and made several phone calls to the victim threatening to kill her and her family.
On Sunday, the tires on the victim's vehicle were slashed outside of the hotel she was provided by Red Cross assistance. BRPD was alerted and while transporting the victim to a new location, Jones was spotted following the officers.
Jones was then placed into custody and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.