Lonnie Adam Walters

Lonnie Adam Walters

A Lafayette man was arrested after allegedly attempting to set an occupied residence on fire from inside its crawl space, endangering his wife, child and two other victims.

Lonnie A. Walters, 39, faces multiple charges following the incident, which took place on Saturday.

According to the arrest report, Lafayette Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence on Red Boiling Springs Road to investigate an incident involving domestic violence.

One of the victims met patrolman Elliot Sandifer upon their arrival and said that Walters was trying set the house on fire and kill those inside. Walters' wife and 2-year-old child were reportedly present at the time of the incident.

Officers entered the residence, which the report states smelled heavily of smoke, and found a second victim on the ground with a bleeding elbow. The victim said that Walters had grabbed him by the throat.

Walters was allegedly located upstairs smelling strongly of alcohol and told Sandifer nothing happened and that he did not want to talk any more.

The victim found inside showed officers the home's small basement area, from which Walters allegedly made his way into the crawl space and attempted to start a fire by lighting papers between the floor joists.

Walters also allegedly told officers he planned to run away, back to Louisiana.

According to the arrest report, Walters is also wanted in New Mexico, but the state will not extradite him.

Walters was charged with domestic violence, aggravated arson and reckless endangerment.

His bond was set at $19,000, and his court date is slated for Feb. 13.