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Man burns down Magnolia Home

Police say he barricaded himself and fired shots

MAGNOLIA, Ark. - 2017 November 09

"The kids ain't got nothing, everything is still burning," Jacquline Ellis said.

Jacquline Ellis says everything they used to call home went up in flames Wednesday night.

She says she along with her daughter and her daughter's four kids are now homeless.

"No shoes, no jackets, no underwear."

Ellis said she left the home on Hilltop Street earlier Wednesday evening, and when her daughter picked her up, she got the news she never dreamed of hearing.

"She said,'Mama, guess what happened.' I said, 'what happened girl?'  She said, 'Lacadran Thomas burned my house down.' I said, 'where is he?' She said, 'the police got him.' And the police need to keep him. My grandkids ain't got no shoes to go on their feet, no coat to go on their back, so they need to get him."

According to Ellis, 30-year-old Lacadran Thomas and her daughter had previously dated and have children together.

She says they separated three months ago, and her daughter put a restraining order on him.

Her daughter told her yesterday Thomas took one of their children to a birthday party and when he got back to the house on Hilltop Street, she said he asked for her to come outside and talk.

She says when the conversation turned negative she went back inside. 

She said Thomas followed her, pulled out a gun, and held her and all of her kids hostage for at least 45 minutes before they could escape.

Police say when they got there, Thomas had barricaded himself inside the home.

They say he waved a pistol at them and threatened them, and while inside, Thomas set the house on fire, fired several shots and fled.

They later found him at a home on Renfro Street where he had again barricaded himself inside and began firing shots at officials.
He was later taken into custody.

And now Ellis says they are left to pick up the pieces and figure out their next move.

"He needs to be punished, he really does," said Ellis. "I promise you he does, and they were his kids too. Now how are you going to do your own child like that? That's not right. That's not right at all."

Thomas is charged with Terroristic Threatening, Possession of Firearm by Certain Person, Endangering Welfare of a Minor 1st Degree, Aggravated Residential Burglary, Arson, Terroristic Act, Violation of Probation.

His bond is set for $525,000.00

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