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Louisiana contractor arrested on misdemeanor charges for removing roof following payment dispute

April 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Louisiana contractor arrested on misdemeanor charges for removing roof following payment dispute

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A Louisiana roofing contractor is under arrest on misdemeanor charges after removing a roof he was contracted to install following a payment dispute with a homeowner.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office said the 66-year-old roofer identified as Andrew Jackson Higdon III, of West Monroe, was arrested and booked into the custody of the Ouachita Correctional Center on Wednesday on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass simple and criminal damage to property in connection with a 2016 complaint, The News-Star reports.

According to the arrest warrant, deputies responded to a complaint of property damage from a female homeowner on Dec 29th, 2016.

The woman told police she had come to a verbal agreement with Higdon to replace her roof in June of that year and wait for payment until her insurance company issued a check.

Around mid-December, the victim claimed Higdon began demanding payment. However, when she told the contractor she could only provide a partial payment, Higdon warned that if she failed to pay the full amount, he would remove the roof and her home would be damaged when it rained.

Ultimately Higdon made good on his threat. When the victim arrived home, she said the entire roof was removed and materials were gone from the property.

The woman claimed the house sustained over $11,000 in water damage after she could not cover the roof with a tarp when it rained.

Higdon was subsequently released on $4,500 bond.

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