(8/30/18) The Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal has arrested three men in connection with an arson fire at a daiquiri shop in St. Joseph from July 2017.
Terence Winbourne, 41 of Gilbert, was arrested Wednesday, August 29, on warrants for arson with intent to defraud and criminal conspiracy.
Caleb Waller, 34 of Winnsboro, was arrested Wednesday, August 29, on warrants for principal to simple arson and criminal conspiracy.
Both were booked into the Franklin Parish Jail as fugitives, but will be transferred to the Tensas Parish Jail to be booked on their respective charges.
Billy Boyte, 55, who was jailed shortly after the fire on Simple Arson charges in connection with the case, was rebooked on Tuesday, August 29, into the Tensas Parish Jail on one count of criminal conspiracy.
The LAOSFM was contacted to conduct this fire investigation on July 19, 2017, in the 300 block of Newton Street in St. Joseph.
Investigators found multiple points of origin inside of the business and determined the cause to be incendiary.
Earlier this month, the LAOSFM was contacted with new information about the fire possibly involving more actors and a potential motive of insurance fraud.
Investigative efforts to follow up on that information led to the identification of Winbourne, who was a partial owner of the business, and Waller as additional suspects.
The LAOSFM would like to thank all of the partners that assisted in this investigation over the past year including Louisiana State Police Gaming Division, Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office and the 6th JDC District Attorney’s Office.