Man accused of burning car, blaming thief
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man on arson charges after they said he lit his own car on fire and called 911, claiming someone stole it.
Baton Rouge Police booked Jermand McNabb on charges of arson and intent to defraud after his arrest Thursday.
Investigators said McNabb called 911 and claimed his car had been stolen from a nearby gas station. Police who responded took McNabb to where his car had been found burning under the overpass at Scenic Highway, and said McNabb made up several stories about what had actually happened to the vehicle before he eventually confessed.
Police said McNabb had actually splashed gas inside the car and on a pair of coveralls, then lit the clothes on fire and tossed them into the vehicle. Investigators said he ditched the gas can in a dumpster at some nearby apartments, then called 911.
McNabb was given a $33,000 bond after being booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail.