Man accused of arson for setting ex's mother's car ablaze
BATON ROUGE- Authorities arrested a man they say set his ex-girlfriend's mother's car on fire after he was not able to visit with the couple's child.
The incident took place on Aug. 8 at a residence on Leafwood Avenue.
Authorities were called to the scene to investigate a vehicle fire. After processing the scene, the fire was determined to be the result of arson.
George Jacobs was identified as a suspect.
According to the affidavit, Jacobs and an unknown accomplice intentionally poured an ignitable liquid across the victim's car and ignited it using an open flame device. The fire caused $4,000 worth of damages to the car. Authorities said the fire was set approximately five feet from a home, which also suffered some damage. The residence was occupied by two adults, two children and one infant.
Even though the suspects were wearing masks, the ex-girlfriend said that Jacobs matched the physical profile of one of the suspects including his hairstyle, body structure and his walk.
The ex-girlfriend told authorities that the motive for Jacobs' actions stemmed from visitation feuds over their newborn child. Jacobs was denied visitation the day of the fire.
The ex-girlfriend also said that one month before the fire, Jacobs was served with paternity and custody papers from the courts. That night, the ex-girlfriend's tires were slashed.
As firefighters were extinguishing the vehicle fire, Jacobs was observed standing in a neighbor's yard filming the incident on his cell phone. He told authorities that he lived a few blocks away and was told by an unknown person that there was a fire at the home so he came to see what was going on.
Jacobs is charged with aggravated arson.
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