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Lockport man arrested for setting house on fire and stabbing dog

Lockport man arrested for setting house on fire and stabbing dog

A Lockport man was arrested after officers learned he set a house on fire Wednesday night. Duane Ryan Jr., 24, was arrested following the incident and also faces an animal cruelty charge after he allegedly stabbed a dog.

Just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, officers responded to a house fire in the 300 block of Justin Street in Lockport along with firefighters from the Lockport Fire Department and the Vacherie/Gheens Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters eventually extinguished the blaze, but the residence was a total loss.

Through investigation, officers learned Duane Ryan had been living at the residence for the past few months with his girlfriend. Officers learned Ryan had become irate following a verbal altercation with friends. He grabbed two knives from the kitchen and walked outside to confront the men who immediately fled the scene. At some point, Ryan allegedly stabbed the pet dog near the eye with one of the knives, and he allegedly poured gasoline inside the interior of the house. Ryan’s girlfriend took the dog and left the house. Ryan later contacted his girlfriend and threatened to set the home ablaze if she did not return. A short time later, she learned there was smoke coming from inside her residence and proceeded there to check. Officers arrived at the home shortly after she did and, after learning what had transpired, took Ryan into custody.

Ryan was charged with simple arson of an inhabited dwelling and aggravated cruelty to animals. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked accordingly. His bond has not yet been set, but he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole due to a parole violation.

Ryan had just been released from a three-year prison stay in February for charges of burglary and auto theft, and he was placed on parole. Ryan’s criminal history dates back to 2008 when he was arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile in the same month he turned 17 years old. He has been arrested 10 other times, all in Lafourche Parish, for charges such as burglary, attempted robbery, theft, assault and battery.