Victim’s property torched in domestic incident

A domestic dispute over the weekend led to numerous charges against a Ruston man by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Jason M. Walker, 21, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a Beacon Light Road residence.

The alleged victim said Walker had been drinking since Saturday. A verbal argument occurred Sunday which caused her to leave. Later, Walker reportedly sent her a text message saying her property was being set on fire.

The victim said she returned home and found her Apple laptop, two printers, and clothing in the fire. She estimated the items were valued at $5,000.

Walker returned to the residence while deputies were present, and he was taken into custody. Deputies noticed Walker appeared to be intoxicated.

Walker was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he refused to submit to a breath test. He was booked for simple arson, simple criminal damage to property, first offense DWI, and violation of the parish burn ban.

While Walker was being processed, he was allowed to use the detention center phone to make calls. He apparently became enraged during a call and smashed the receiver against the base of the phone repeatedly until the receiver shattered to pieces. He was booked on an additional count of simple criminal damage to property.

Bail was set at $7,000.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.