Man arrested after setting fireplace to mattress with girl close by

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A Craighead County man faces an arson cost after Jonesboro police say he torched the underside of a mattress with a lighter whereas a lady was within the bed room.

Joseph Luis Cruz, 35, of Jonesboro, was arrested July 8 after an investigation by Jonesboro police and the Jonesboro Fireplace Division.

Police stated in a possible trigger affidavit that the Jonesboro Fireplace Division went to an condo fireplace July 1 within the 500 block of West Huntington.

Authorities did an investigation and spoke with the lady on the home.

The girl informed police she noticed Cruz gentle the underside foot finish of the mattress with a lighter.

“A visitor of the occupant said that he witnessed Joseph Cruz attempting to extinguish the fireplace. The visitor additionally said that the occupant, Joseph Cruz and himself had been the one folks within the condo on the time of the fireplace,” Jonesboro police stated.

Because the visitor tried to place out the fireplace, Cruz ran out of the condo and didn’t return, police stated.

Police additionally interviewed the lady.

“She said that Cruz was taking a look at her whereas reaching underneath the mattress. Mr. Cruz by no means seemed down at what he was doing whereas he was crouched down on the foot of the mattress when it ignited,” the lady informed police.

She additionally stated Cruz set fireplace to a canine coaching pad within the toilet earlier than the mattress caught on fireplace.

Police additionally stated within the possible trigger affidavit that Cruz left a voice mail message on the lady’s cellular phone.

“He said that he was sorry for setting her mattress on fireplace. He said that her yelling at him induced him to be distracted and by chance set the mattress on fireplace,” Jonesboro police stated. “Within the voice message, Mr. Cruz claimed he was on the lookout for one thing underneath the mattress. The occupant said that he by no means seemed underneath the mattress however stared at her whereas crouching on the foot of the mattress when the fireplace initiated.”

Police say Cruz and the lady had been in an argument on the time of the fireplace and that there was earlier historical past of home points between the pair.

A $100,000 bond was set for Cruz, who will likely be arraigned Aug. 27 in circuit courtroom.

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