Update: Suspect arrested for Aggravated Arson at J.W. Thomas Apartments

Billy Stephens Jr. is presumed innocent until proven guilty

Investigators with the Natchitoches Police Department and the Natchitoches Fire Department have arrested Billy Stephens Jr. for an aggravated arson that occurred at J.W. Thomas Apartments last month.

Billy Stephens Jr. was arrested without incident and was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

If you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Assistant Fire Chief Kory Leo at (318) 357-3860. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

Original Story: The Natchitoches Fire Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Billy Stephens Jr. who is wanted for Aggravated Arson

The Natchitoches Fire Department is asking the public for assistance in locating, Billy Stephens Jr. (B/M, weighing 184 pounds, around 5’11” and 58 y.o.a.).

On June 28, 2022 around 2:03 a.m., the Natchitoches Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Natchitoches Thomas Apartments located at 500 North Street. While the Natchitoches Fire Department was fighting the fire a witness was able to tell investigators that Billy Stephens Jr. intentionally set a basket of blankets on fire after he was told to leave the apartment. Stephens then fled the area prior to the police and fire departments arrival.

If you have seen Billy Stephens Jr. please contact the Natchitoches Police Department at (318) 352-8101 or if you have additional information in regards to this investigation please contact Assistant Fire Chief Kory Leo at (318) 357-3860. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.

How to report an anonymous tip via Natchitoches Crime Stoppers:

You can also report a tip anonymously by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smart phone or by calling Natchitoches Crime Stoppers at (318) 238-2388. All tips remain confidential and the caller can receive a cash reward up to $2,000 for the arrest of an offender.

Corporal John Greely
Public Information Officer
Natchitoches Police Department

Release Date: August 8, 2022