Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley confirmed that there was a report to his office about a fire at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at around 9:53 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, the fire burned own the church’s newer building but spared the church’s older building that has stood for about a 100 years.
Witnesses say that they spoke to a young white boy who was seen driving a white Entergy truck at the scene, the News-Star of Monroe reports. Shortly after the truck left the scene, witnesses saw smoke coming from the church. By the time deputies and the local fire departments arrived on the scene, the church was engulfed in flames.
Sheriff Gilley told he News Star that Entergy helped law enforcement track down the truck which was found in Caldwell Parish on Tuesday afternoon, with the suspect still driving it.
The Caldwell Sheriff’s Office took the juvenile into custody. Sheriff Clay Bennett also acknowledged that this young thug was connected to the theft of a second Entergy truck from a lot that is located near to Caldwell Parish High School.
Authorities believe that the juvenile used one of the trucks to ram into several cars at the high school, causing the school to be briefly locked down on Tuesday.
Gilley said that the boy will likely be facing a charge of arson in Richland Parish, although exact charges in either parish have not yet been made available.
source: the root