Opelousas police arrest arson suspect

Opelousas police arrest arson suspect

POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 4:04pm

An arson suspect has been arrested in conjunction with an Opelousas fire.

On the early morning hours of August 12, the Opelousas Police Department along with the Opelousas Fire Department responded to a call of a structure that was on fire in the 1000 block of S. Washington Street in Opelousas. The fire department arrived to find the structure fully engulfed in flames.

During investigation, officers received information which led to the arrest of Tamarcus L. Sam, 21,

Sam was seen in the area just prior to the blaze and was also observed running from the area shortly after the fire was started.

Sam has a history of charges through Opelousas Police dealing with Arson dating back to 2006. Evidence located at the scene and on Sam himself has been seized and sent to the Acadiana Crime Lab for further analysis.

Sam has been charged with Simple Arson. Anyone with additional information can contact the Opelousas Police Department at (337) 948-2500 or visit the web at crimetips@opelousaspd.com.


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