Eunice man arrested, tried to burn house with four people inside

John Bourque Show caption
John Bourque

A Eunice man Tuesday, banging on an East Oak Avenue door and yelling for his girlfriend, tried burn a man who opened the door then he poured gasoline at the doorway and set it ablaze with four people inside the home, Eunice police said.

The occupants of the home, who extinguished the fire and were unharmed, told detectives John Bourque, 52, arrived at their home at 241 E. Oak Ave., banged on the door and said loudly he was looking for his girlfriend, Eunice Deputy Police Chief Varden Guillory Sr. said in a release.

“When the first victim opened the door, Bourque threw gasoline on him and tried to set him on fire,” Guillory said. “The victim pushed Bourque out of the residence and locked the door.”

Bourque used more gasoline to set the doorway on fire then broke some windows before he ran away. Officers later located Bourque two blocks away.

Bourque, whose address is 320 Mill St., was booked on four counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated arson and criminal damage to property, Guillory said.

His bond was set at $502,500, Guillory said.