Louisiana Man Arrested for Arson After Igniting Multiple Fires Between Walmart and Home Depot Stores
A Louisiana man went on a literal arson spree on Wednesday morning, setting fires at Walmart and Home Depot stores before being tracked down by police.
According to WDSU, The Kenner Police Department responded to a series of alarming incidents on Wednesday morning, where four fires were deliberately set at different stores in the city. Authorities were quick to investigate the arson attacks that occurred between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. at establishments situated on Roosevelt Boulevard and Veterans Boulevard.
During the incidents, the perpetrator ignited two trash cans at the intersections of Filmore Street and Reverend Richard Wilson Boulevard, as well as Roosevelt Boulevard and Airline Highway. These brazen acts of arson created a sense of fear and unease among local residents and business owners.
The situation escalated when a fire was set ablaze inside the Metairie Walmart located on Veterans Boulevard, specifically targeting the men's clothing section. The flames resulted in heavy smoke damage, causing a chaotic scene for employees and shoppers in the building and forcing the store to close.
Even more concerning, the suspect extended their destructive spree to a neighboring Home Depot store adjacent to the Walmart. Fortunately, quick action from store employees and first responders prevented this fire from spreading further.
With the aid of surveillance footage, the Kenner Police Department promptly identified the alleged arsonist as 23-year-old Samir Hernandez. He was detained by authorities in the 2700 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, where he reportedly confessed to setting all four fires.
The motive behind Hernandez's actions remains undisclosed, and authorities continue to investigate the case to determine if there were any underlying reasons behind the destructive acts.
Local residents expressed relief and gratitude for the swift response of law enforcement in apprehending the suspect. They also commended the courage of store employees and bystanders who helped contain the fires before they could cause more significant damage.
Samir Hernandez now faces multiple charges related to arson as the investigation continues.
See the latest updates via WDSU.