MULTIPLE ARRESTS CONNECTED TO LEESVILLE VEHICLE FIRE
VERNON PARISH (Nov. 1, 2021)- The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested four people for their alleged involvement in a vehicle fire and subsequent insurance claim for the fire damage.
Sakia Harris, 18, was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on Oct. 27 on one count each of Simple Arson, Criminal Conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice, and Hit and Run.
Emanuel Mosley, 21, was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail, also on Oct. 27, on one count each of Simple Arson, Obstruction of Justice, and Illegal Use of a Weapon.
Catherine Hudge, 36, and Antonio Hudge, 40, were booked into the Vernon Parish Jail on Oct. 29 on one count of Insurance Fraud.
In the early morning hours of May 25, 2021, the Savage Forks Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire located near the 700 block of Section Line Road in Leesville. Firefighters arrived to find a luxury sedan on fire on the side of the road. The vehicle also appeared to have bullet holes in it.
Following an assessment of the scene, including collecting evidence, SFM deputies determined the fire was intentionally set.
Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned Harris borrowed the vehicle from her mother, Hudge, to travel out of the area. It was later learned that Harris crashed the vehicle, and in an attempt to conceal the crash damage, she solicited the help of her boyfriend, Mosely, to set the vehicle on fire. Deputies obtained evidence indicating the Hudges filed an insurance claim for the fire damage despite knowing the true nature of the fire’s cause. Warrants were then obtained for the four and they were taken into custody with the assistance of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.
During the course of the investigation, an additional, but unrelated arrest was made following the discovery of weapons and drugs in a home where deputies were executing a search warrant related to this case.
SFM Public Affairs Director- Ashley Rodrigue
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