Man Arrested For False Report, Arson

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A man was arrested on Sunday after police said he not only filed a false police report on his estranged wife, but then tried to set an apartment on fire with her in it.

On Sunday morning, Medford Police said officers were dispatched to a reported assault at Rogue Regional Medical Center, where 47-year-old Louis Darnell Walls told police that his estranged wife and a man assaulted him early that morning.

About 20 minutes later, the Medford Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at an apartment complex in the 2300 block of E Barnett. Fire Department investigators requested Medford Police to respond for a possible arson investigation. Medford Police said he started the fire using some materials found outside the building.

The woman told investigators that she had a valid restraining order against her estranged husband, and that she suspected him of setting the fire. The woman was in the apartment at the time, and had two friends staying with her.

After an extensive investigation, Medford detectives learned that not only had Walls set the fire outside the apartment and violated his “no contact” order, but that he had called in the false “assault” report in an attempt to get his estranged wife arrested.

Walls has been charged with three counts of arson in the first degree, violating a “no contact” order, and making a false report. His bail was set at $3,006,000.