A Florida teen allegedly set first to his girlfriend’s house and then tried to blame it on a “random black guy.”
Jose Bernardo Rosas Madrigal had threatened to kill his girlfriend over Snapchat and had Googled “how to burn a brick house down.” He even drew a heart in lighter fluid on a fence near the bedroom window where his girlfriend slept, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
When Madrigal set fire to the family’s front yard, with his girlfriend and her parents still inside the home, he allegedly drove by the house to see the fire, according to police.
Yet when he was caught, he tried to blame a “random black guy.”
Thankfully, the family inside the home was able to avoid serious damage to their home because they saw the fire in time.
James Scott, the father of the girlfriend, told the Daily Beast, “We were very lucky. We caught it in time before it blew up.”
“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 now faces three counts of attempted first-degree homicide and one count of first-degree arson as well as possession of liquor by a person under 21.