Minden man arrested for aggravated arson, numerous charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A rude awakening by an estranged husband eventually led to his arrest.

Jamarea Jayveon Manning, 28, of the 200 block of Miller Street in Minden, was arrested by Minden Police at his ex-wife’s address. He is charged with aggravated arson, home invasion, simple burglary and false imprisonment.

Minden Officer 1st Class Michael S. Griffith was reportedly dispatched to a call in the 1500 block of Hickory Drive, where the victim allegedly fled from her home and her estranged husband.

“The victim told the officer she had been asleep at her residence when she was awakened by Manning, who was in her residence without her consent,” Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said. “Her 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son were in the bed with her.”

Cropper said the victim tried to use her cell phone to call police, but Manning reportedly took it from her. However, the chief said, he did not try to forcibly remove the children because they were upset and crying.

“Manning would not leave the residence and would not allow the victim or the children to leave,” Cropper said. “Several hours later, the victim was finally able to flee the residence and go to a neighbor’s house where she contacted police.”

Then Manning reportedly fled the residence on foot, taking the victim’s keys and cell phone.

Reports say Manning had been arrested a few days earlier for allegedly beating the victim but was allowed to post bond. The victim signed complaints for home invasion, simple burglar of an inhabited dwelling and false imprisonment. Manning is also allegedly in possession of a 9MM semi-automatic pistol that belongs to the victim.

The victim reportedly contacted police the day after the incident and told them Manning had attempted to set fire to her residence by burning a trash can and setting a plastic bowl on the stove and igniting the burner.

Manning was eventually apprehended in Springhill, booked and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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