An Opelousas man is under arrest after allegedly setting a series of fires targeted at harassing his ex-girlfriend. The suspect, 35-year-old Austin Ceasar, was slapped with a series of arson-related charges after authorities found evidence that connected him to three fires dating back to March 9th
State Fire Marshal Spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says a neighbor caught him committing the first arson.
The victim says the harassment continued two months later when on May 4th, Caesar tracked his ex-back to the family home she had staying at. Rodrigue says that’s when the family noticed a blaze in the front yard.
At this point Caesar has an active protective order against him.
Rodrigue says Caesar was on the lamb after the first two arsons, when on May 27th he decided to try and take out the victim’s entire family, by setting the house on fire while eight people slept.
"The ex-girlfriend, while she was sleeping, smelled gasoline coming in through her window unit, and got up to see where it was coming from, and heard fire on the exterior of home and put it out with the garden hose," says Rodrigue, in reference to the occurrence in May.
Caesar is being held at the St. Landry Parish Jail after turning himself in on June 2nd.