The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office has announced that the fifth and final suspect in an August 20th arson case has been arrested. The case involved a house fire in the Beauregard Parish town of New Llano which investigators determined had been intentionally set for the purpose of fraudulently collecting insurance money.
According to the report, Jason Runge, unknown age, was the last suspect to be arrested, and he will be charged with arson with intent to defraud, criminal conspiracy, and the manufacture of a delayed incendiary device.
Previously arrested in the case were:
Daniel Kay, 55, charged with arson with intent to defraud, theft, and criminal conspiracy.
Mark Kidder, 36, charged with simple arson, manufacture and possession of a delayed incendiary device, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Lacie Prater, 34, charged with simple arson, criminal conspiracy, and manufacture and possession of a delayed incendiary device.
Alisha Rivers, 40, charged with simple arson, and manufacture and possession of a delayed incendiary device.
According to investigators the house was owned by several siblings, but Daniel Kay was the primary resident at the time.
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office said that it was Mark Kidder who confessed that the group plotted to stage a fake burglary and then burn the house down to collect insurance money.