Man arrested for allegedly robbing a Jennings Sonic and setting fires

Man arrested for allegedly robbing a Jennings Sonic and setting fires
Dawunte Morris (Source: Jennings Police Department)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Jennings Police say a man has been arrested for allegedly robbing a Sonic as well as setting three different fires.

The Department says that officers were sent to the Jennings Sonic to investigate an activated burglary alarm on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

Upon arrival officers found the door unlocked and water running in the building.

During this time the Jennings Fire Department received several calls, the first of which were from the Airport Mobile Home Park located on Airport Road.

The first call that the Fire Department received was about a dumpster fire. But an hour after the fire department had extinguished the fire and left the scene another call came in about a grass fire just feet away from the same dumpster.

The Louisiana State Fire Marshall’s Office says that soon after these calls the Jennings Fire Department received a third call that led them to a fire at Jennings Oil and Gas Park on Rue De L’Acadia Drive.

In assisting with the investigation State Fire Marshal deputies determined that someone had intentionally set fire to a paper towel dispenser inside the men’s restroom which had caused minor damage to the building.

The State Fire Marshall’s office then also investigated the two fires at Airport Mobile Home Park and determined that they too had been intentionally set.

When police returned to the burglarized Sonic to review security footage they say the footage displayed the suspect, Dawunte Morris, entering the building which sounded the alarm.

That day officers identified Morris walking on Airport Road stating he was coming from north of town.

The Jennings Police Department, along with the Jennings Fire Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office, conducted an investigation of Morris in regards to the Sonic burglary and the three arson reports.

The Department says that Morris has admitted to all of these crimes and has been booked for simple burglary, theft, and three counts of arson.

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