BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A man is charged with aggravated arson after he allegedly set fire to a Baton Rouge apartment and caused $5,000 in damages.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department said they responded to a fire in the 2700 block of Alaska Street on March 21. The fire department found that two separate fires had been set to separate cabinets but no heat source was inside them. A fire investigator ruled the incident as arson.
No one was in the apartment at the time of the fire.
One hour before the fire, crews tried to treat the suspect, Russell Vonaa, 41, but he was acting erratic and ran off, according to arrest documents.
Officials spoke with the property owner and learned that there had been many confrontations between them, arrest documents said.
Vonaa allegedly threatened the owner because he was evicted on March 16. Arrest documents said Vonaa made statements such as, “I will make you pay” and “You ruined my life, now I will ruin yours.”
Arrest documents said witnesses saw Vonaa at the apartment before the fire and that he is the only one with a key.
He was arrested Thursday.