Suspect charged with arson after Mexia fire destroyed residence

Posted at 1:27 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 14:27:36-04

MEXIA, TX — At 4:33 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2020, units of the Mexia Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to a fire alarm call at a residence located at 504 West Palestine Street in Mexia.

Upon arrival, fire units observed that a residential structure was fully involved in fire and began suppression and attack of the blaze.

Approximately 80% of the structure was damaged as a result of the fire. There were no injuries reported at the scene and no persons were inside the structure at the time of the fire.

A Mexia Police Department investigator and the Mexia Fire Marshal were able to interview witnesses on the scene and quickly determined that the fire had been deliberately set. The Fire Marshal and Police Department investigator opened an arson investigation.

Pursuant to the investigation, a suspect was quickly identified, arrested, and charged with "Arson with intent to cause damage to a Habitation or Place of Worship, a first-degree felony.

The suspect is identified as Rojoni Jamil Lacy, a 37-year-old male. Lacy was taken into custody and booked into the Limestone County Jail on October 4, 2020. This investigation is ongoing pending the discovery of additional information.