BEAUREGARD PARISH, La. (KPLC) - A Dequincy woman was arrested for setting her car on fire to collect insurance money.
Heaven Royer, 20, has been booked into the Beauregard Parish Jail on one count of arson with intent to defraud, while a warrant for the same charge has been issued for her uncle, Derek Smith, 40, on Monday.
The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office said Smith turned himself in, but has been released on bail.
The Fields Fire Department discovered Royer’s Ford Fiesta burned and abandoned near the intersection of S. Bearhead Road and La. 389 in Singer on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 30, public affairs director for the State Fire Marshal’s Office Ashley Rodrigue said.
In an interview with State Fire Marshal deputies, Royer admitted that she called Smith to help her figure out what was wrong with her car, which was out of warranty, Rodrigue said. After learning repairs would be costly, Royer says she followed Smith to the location the car was later discovered and she witnessed him set it on fire.