One suspect was arrested on charges of simple arson for setting fires on others' property in Vernon Parish and a second suspect is being sought, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF).
Laura Ashley Lee, 34, of 252 Lee Rd. in Leesville, was arrested March 18 on one count of simple arson, according to a press release from LDAF. She was released the same day on $3,500 bond. Robert Lee Ramirez, also of 252 Lee Rd. in Leesville, remained at-large as of Monday afternoon.
According to the release, "Ramirez set multiple fires from the roadside as well as in wooded areas surrounding their home on land owned by others. Information obtained during the investigation revealed the reason for setting the fires was to get rid of snakes near the property."
Investigators also allege Ramirez set several fires in the same area last year. He is accused of two counts of simple arson. Anyone with information to is asked to call the LDAF Fire Hotline at 855-452-5323.
Lee faces a fine and possible jail time if convicted.