Published 1:31 pm Monday, May 16, 2022

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...
LIVINGSTON PARISH (May 16, 2022)- The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFM) has arrested a Garyville man for allegedly setting fire to a camper in Denham Springs while a former coworker was asleep inside.
Ray Acosta, 42, was booked on May 5 on one count of Aggravated Arson.
In the late-night hours of May 2, Livingston Parish Fire Protection District #4 responded to a report of a camper fire located in the 21000 block of Highway 16 in Denham Springs. There was one resident inside the camper at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape safely.
After an assessment of the scene, the fire was determined to have been intentionally set. Witness statements and evidence collected led deputies to identify Acosta, a former coworker of the camper’s occupant, as a suspect in the case. Deputies learned Acosta was in a dispute with the victim over payment for the job they worked together.
Following extensive investigative efforts, a warrant was obtained for Acosta’s arrest, and with assistance from the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, he was taken into custody without incident.