Deputies: Man trashes apartment, tries to set it on fire, claims someone broke in

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Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a West Monroe man after they say he trashed his apartment and tried to burn it down, claiming it had been burglarized.

Jason Dryden, 25, was arrested Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

According to the arrest report, Jason Dryden filed a burglary and damage to property complaint Wednesday morning, but new information provided by an eye witness stated Dryden caused damage to the property.

The witness said he saw Dryden kick the front door in and could hear multiple loud banging noises on the walls in Dryden’s apartment.

Dryden told deputies someone broke into his apartment, stole $900 and damaged the walls between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Deputies were able to view video to see that no one entered the residence during that time.

Deputies did see Dryden leaving the apartment and when he returned, he had the manager with him to show her the damage.

After Dryden was in custody, the owner of the apartments went inside to inspect the damage and found all four stove top burners were turned on high with no flame. The stove was expelling gas throughout the apartment which is attached to three other apartments.

Dryden has been booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on charges of simple damage to property, aggravated arson and filing or maintaining false public records.

His bond has not yet been set.

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