ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A man accused of setting the fire last week that destroyed the Act X apartment complex near Slidell was picked up Monday in St. Bernard Parish.
David Rutledge, 58, who was a resident of the complex, faces charges of aggravated arson and attempted first-degree murder. He was arrested just before 5 p.m. in the 4400 block of Genie Street in Meraux.
Additional warrants and counts are expected to be issued, according to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain.
Rutledge's whereabouts are unknown at this time. Investigators said he is known to drive a 2014 black Nissan Altima with LA plate YQL 829.
Strain will talk about the case tonight at a meeting of the Concerned citizens of St. Tammany.
Kevin Moran with ATF said he could not comment on what was discovered at the scene that led investigators to determine that the fire was arson. Moran said ATF is deferring to the Sheriff's Office, which is leading the criminal investigation.
The public is urged to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office with any information about Rutledge or this case. From the north shore, call 911. From the south shore, call (985) 898-2338.