Woman Arrested Before Incident Escalates to Arson

LaGrange Police have arrested a mental health patient on several charges after she allegedly poured out gasoline in a local residence, threatening to burn the place down.

Late Friday night, just before midnight, officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the 900 block of Motley Street in reference to a disturbance involving an unwanted subject. During the incident, officers spoke to the complainant, who stated that he had been allowing a female Pathways patient to stay at his residence, but she had recently been causing problems and damaging property, so he no longer wants her at the location.

At the time, police were able get the female, who appeared to be intoxicated, to leave with a family member under advisement to not return.

About three hours later, police were called back to the same residence in reference to the female returning and causing another disturbance.

As soon as police arrived, the complainant met them at the front door asking them to hurry because the female was pouring gasoline in the house and threatening to burn down the place.

Officers ran inside to find the female exiting the kitchen area flailing her arms and yelling at the homeowner. Thefemalewasthendetained,at which point officers observed she had a strong odor of gasoline about her person.

The female later claimed that the homeowner had called her back to the location after the previous incident. She then began rambling about living at the location and claimed that there were drugs in the house.

She also claimed that the complainant poured gasoline on her and had been keeping her from leaving the location by blocking the door. Police note that complainant was on the front porch upon when they arrived, so he didn’t appear to be blocking anything.

The complainant later advised that he received a phone call from the female’s sister warning him that she was on her way back to the location. He stated she then arrived, grabbed a hammer, and began breaking windows, so he called 911.

She then allegedly picked up a gasoline can and began pour the gasoline on the kitchen floor. The complainant stated he then attempted to stop her, but she grabbed a knife and began swinging the knife to prevent him from stopping her.

The victim noted that this is the second time that she has attempted and threatened to burn the house.

As a result of the incident, the female, age 40, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Simple Assault, Reckless Conduct, and Criminal Trespass.

The female, whose name is being withheld due to mental health issues, is currently being held at the Troup County Jail on $5,000 bond.