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Joint investigation by La. State Fire Marshal's Office and NPSO lead to Natchitoches arson arrest

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NATCHITOCHES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A joint investigation by the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and Natchitoches Fire District 5 has led to the arrest of a Jackson Parish woman in connection with the arson of a mobile home she rented back in January according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, January 5, 2014 at approximately 8:00 p.m., deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Division and Natchitoches Fire District 5 responded to a reported burglary and attempted arson of a rented mobile home in the 2600 block of Fish Hatchery Road, south of Natchitoches.

Deputies said upon their arrival, the renter of the mobile home identified as Ebony Sheree Hassen, 31, of Chatham, advised that she had been out-of-town.  When she returned, she discovered that the residence had been burglarized of a Vizio 37-inch flat screen television and the master bedroom bed mattress set on fire.

Deputies on scene determined the fire to be suspicious.

The mobile home received heavy smoke and heat damage.

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Investigators along with detectives assigned to the NPSO Criminal Investigations Division also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Investigators processed the crime scene, collecting information and evidence classifying the fire as an “Arson”.

As the investigation progressed, investigators focused their attention towards Hassen, obtaining sufficient evidence and probable cause to obtain criminal arrests warrants on her, signed by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge.

After being contacted by detectives, Hassen reported to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 12:48pm.

Hassen was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with 1-count of Arson wth Intent to Defraud,  1-count of Insurance Fraud, and 1-count of Criminal Mischief.

Hassen is awaiting bond.

Captain Robbie Baker of the La. Fire Marshal’s Office, Detective Jonathan Byles were assisted by the NPSO Patrol Division, and Natchitoches Fire District 5.

State Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning stated that he wanted to commend the work of Sheriff Victor Jones and his deputies, as through team work we were able to investigate this case and make this arrest”.

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