Police in Florida have arrested a 19-year-old for setting his fire to his girlfriend's house. Just to add a little racism to the situation, the suspect told investigators a "random Black guy" was responsible when first questioned.
Jose Bernardo Rosas Madrigal allegedly used lighter fluid to cover the Polk City home before setting it on fire. According to investigators, Madrigal searched on Google for “how to burn a brick house down” and threatened to kill his girlfriend over Snapchat, reported the Daily Beast.
Madrigal is believed to have used the lighter fluid to draw a heart on a fence near his girlfriend’s bedroom window, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office told the Daily Beast.
Once the teen set the house ablaze, he allegedly drove past the house to see his handiwork, authorities said.
James Scott, the father of the girlfriend, says his residence avoided damage but that parts of his yard went up in flames. “
We were very lucky. We caught it in time before it blew up,” Scott told The Daily Beast.
“I thank God because God was on our side,” Scott added. “If it would have gone 5 or 10 more minutes, the car would have blew up. My house would have been on fire. He could have killed us.”
Madrigal faces three counts of attempted first-degree homicide and one count of first-degree arson. He is also charged with possession of liquor by a person under 21.
(Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office)