Agency: BRPD notified of protective order violations before arson

Assured Supervision Accountability Program director Jill Dennis says Baton Rouge Police were unaware of a protective order in place when they were told about violations

BATON ROUGE, La: The agency tracking Christian King, the Texas-based attorney charged with setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home, says they notified Baton Rouge police on two different occasions that he was violating the protective orders.

King, 30, was arrested and charged with simple arson, simple criminal damage to property and violations of protective orders following a fire at his ex-girlfriend Breanna Jones’ home on January 14.

Jill Dennis, director of the Assured Supervision Accountability Program, tells Unfiltered with Kiran they first began monitoring King in June 2022 for a case out of New Orleans. That’s where King is accused of pulling a gun on a woman and violating a protective order there.

It wasn’t until January 5th that Jones contacted A.S.A.P. requesting to be enrolled in their monitoring program.

Dennis says that in that nine day time span, they notified BRPD three different times in total that King was allegedly violating the protective order, first contacting BRPD on January 11.

“They couldn’t find the protective order”

A.S.A.P. records show that King allegedly drove past Jones’ home at 12:43 a.m. on Jan. 11th. The records show that King was in the area for no more than a minute, but that would still be a violation of protective orders put in place by a judge.

King was ordered not to abuse, harass, assault, stalk, follow, track, monitor or threaten Jones. He was also ordered not to go within 100 yards of her, her home or her workplace.

A.S.A.P. says they notified BRPD by phone and e-mail of the violation. The New Orleans District Attorney’s office was also notified, A.S.A.P. records show.

Three days later on January 14, A.S.A.P. says they received another alert at 3:15 a.m. that King was again in violation of the protective order. His ankle monitor allegedly placed him at Jones’ Southmoor Dr. home. They tell UWK that they contacted BRPD at 3:23 a.m. requesting officers check the home.

An officer requested specific geo locations for King’s device, but Dennis says BRPD had no record of the protective order that Jones had in place.

“(The officer) called me back and said they could not find the protective order,” Dennis said stunned. “(The officer) sent me another request, and I sent them a copy of the protective order.”

“This didn’t have to happen”

At 8:20 a.m. A.S.A.P. says they received another alert about King allegedly violating his protective order.

“I was already livid because he was still home,” Dennis said expecting that police would have already arrested him.

She once again alerted BRPD that King was in violation of the protective order. She also requested officers be dispatched to the home.

“I told (the dispatcher) that he’s been there a couple of minutes now, you have to hurry because he’s already committed property damage at the house and there’s a baby involved,” Dennis said recalling an incident that took place nearly a month earlier where King allegedly slashed the tires to Jones’s vehicle.

Dennis says while she was on the phone with 9-1-1, Jones called her. She merged her call with the 9-1-1 dispatcher. That’s when Jones told them that she believed King set her house on fire.

“She was so scared and she was so hurt,” Dennis said. “She was watching as the flames just spread.”

Surveillance video shows Jones’ home being doused with gasoline before being set on fire by a man matching King’s description. When King was arrested by the Baton Rouge Fire Department, they found a “heavy odor resembling gasoline” on him and even found a red gas can in the vehicle.

“This didn’t have to happen,” said Dennis. “Why didn’t (BPRD) get him (the night before)? It didn’t have to get this far.”

Dennis says that Jones helped provide police with the car King was driving and what he was wearing. That and his tracking device, Dennis says, helped lead firefighters to his location and make the arrest.

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“Is a protective order just a piece of paper now?”

Jones, who shares a baby girl with King, believes he may have violated protective orders in place as many as six times over the past few months.

She sought her first protective order against King in December after she said King sent threatening text messages.

On December 16, Jones was granted protection from King.

But Jones claims King stalked her and her baby, slashed the tires to her vehicle and harassed her brother.

  • Dec. 19th 10:56pm he was sitting across the street from my house just watching me
  • Dec. 20th 3:52am he slashed the tires to two of my vehicles and one of my mother’s vehicles
  • Dec. 23rd he harassed my brother

Jones said she first reached out to BRPD on December 16. She says she filed a report with the department every time and has each case report number. However, she said she did not get anywhere with police. In fact, after the fire on Jan. 14th is the first time Jones says she ever saw a BRPD officer.

It’s why on January 6 Jones went back to family court to request another protective order. She was granted one through January 25 and King was served the order on January 9.

“How many times does it take someone to violate a protective order to get arrested?” questioned Jones. “They told me they don’t have the manpower to go get him even though they know exactly where he is.”

“He’s committing crimes and I’m reporting it and nothing is happening. Every time I’ve reported him to the police, he ignores the law and comes to my property. I’m afraid for my life.”

Tracking King

A.S.A.P. says King has been wearing an ankle monitor since June 2022. They say until they began tracking him in Baton Rouge in January, the only incident they had was him failing to register with his case manager.

Dennis says these types of incidents are typically fixed by calling and properly registering.

A.S.A.P. says with their monitoring program, victims receive a fob device. Dennis says the device makes a ‘roving’ stay away zone and protects the victims no matter where they are.

During the January incidents involving King and Jones, Dennis says that they were able to see that Jones was not at her home thanks to the fob.

BRPD does not work with UWK and does not respond to any emails or questions regarding cases. It’s why BRPD does not have a response in this report.

As per BRPD General Order 139,  Public Information Officers may communicate with authorized news media representatives which is defined as “those individuals who are directly employed by agencies of the electronic or print media such as radio, television and newspapers.” The policy specifically states that “free-lance workers in this field are to be regarded as other members of the general public unless otherwise designated by the Chief of Police.”~BRPD

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Daniel Brown is an award-winning journalist from Livingston Parish. Daniel began his career in Baton Rouge before working at television stations in Cleveland, Atlanta, Charlotte and Beaumont. As a newsroom editorial leader, Daniel has helped lead stations to regional Emmy awards as well as Edward R. Murrow awards for distinguished journalism. He is a proud graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University.

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