Lufkin FD: Man ripped off in weed deal burns house

Larry Langley (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Larry Langley (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin law enforcement have arrested a Lufkin man accused of setting fire to a home on Abney Street earlier this month because he was seeking revenge for one of the residents stealing his drug money.

Larry Wayne Langley, 53, is charged with first-degree arson.

According to an arrest affidavit, Lufkin Fire Marshal Steve McCool responded to a house fire in the 700 block of Abney Avenue on Oct. 11. In the fire, a man and woman suffered smoke inhalation and had to escape through a bedroom window.

According to the affidavit, due to the fire origin being on the front porch with no "reasonable source of origin," it made the fire suspicious.

The two victims said they had been partying with Langley the night of Oct. 10 at the home. During the night and into the morning of the 11th, Langley gave one of them a 100-dollar bill so she could take Langley home, get some marijuana, then meet back at Langley's home, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, one of the victims decided not to get the marijuana nor return the money. Langley called one of their phones several times and at 4:51 a.m., he said he was mad and he wanted his money back and "something bad was going to happen."

Langley later interviewed with fire officials and denied setting the fire. However, one witness said he heard Langley tells someone he had given the woman a 100-dollar bill and she ran off with the money. The witness said they heard Langley say he went to the home around 6 a.m. and knocked on the door. When nobody answered, he found a chair on the front porch and lit it on fire.

A  warrant for Langley's arrest was signed on Tuesday. He was arrested the same day. His bond has not yet been set, as of noon.

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