Accused Stalker Attempts to Burn House Down with 12-year-old Inside
MIDLAND, TX-- A man was arrested for trying to burn down his ex-girlfriend's house on Saturday.
Victor Rosado has been charged with Arson Intent Damage a Habitat/Place of Worship, a 1st Degree Felony, and Stalking, a 3rd Degree Felony.
The Midland Fire Department responded to a structure fire call and put out the fire. A 12-year-old boy was still inside the house and was unaware that the house had been on fire.
After the fire had been extinguished, authorities declared that the fire was not an accident but instead arson. The woman immediately told police that she knew that it was her ex-boyfriend who was "crazy," and that they had just broken up.
She went on to say that she had moved to Midland to get away from him, because he had been stalking her and had already slashed her tires.
Police then went to Rosado's house and found a bag of balloons and the smell of gasoline. Investigators determined that he had filled these balloons up with the gas and throw them at her house to burn it down. The search also found a white wick and a pair of gloves that smelled like gas, all of which were taken in for evidence.
Rosado was then asked to go to the Midland Police Department for questioning. Fire Marshals interviewed Rosado and he was charged with arson.
The following day officers spoke again with the victim about her relationship with Rosado. The affidavit states that the victim mentioned several incidents involving Rosado and shared texts that appeared to show him upset over their breakup.
A warrant for stalking was obtained and Rosado was charged accordingly.
This information was provided by CBS 7.