Amite Police Department was dispatched to an emergency call at 812 South Second Street on Tuesday morning. Officer Charles Bollingham was the first to arrive on scene and then notified TPFD#1 who responded directly after at approximately 1:40 a.m.
According to the police report the victim a Patricia Addison woke up in the night and smelled gasoline, she opened the back door where flames were present. According to TPFD#1 there was minimum damage to the back of the house. The home was occupied by seven people, adults and children.
Louisiana State Fire Marshal Lance LaMarca deployed his accelerant dog to find that an accelerant (presumably gasoline) had been doused on the back door and set on fire.
All responders including Amite Police Department, members of TPFD#1 and LA State Fire Marshall were located near the rear of the house (their vehicles parked in roadway with emergency lights on) when the suspect identified as Robert Charles Bonds, 24 of Garrick Road, Amite apparently entered the home through the front door. A child alerted responders that Bonds had entered the house.
Bonds fled the scene in his vehicle pursued by APD, LA State Fire Marshall Lance LaMarca and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. Bonds was chased through Amite into Roseland where he was apprehended after trying to run into a police unit with his car.
Bonds was arrested and charged by APD with running eight stop signs, running two red lights, flight from an officer in vehicle, improper lane usage and speeding. Bonds has been charged with aggravated arson by 21st Judicial District. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison.