MIDLAND -- A man has been arrested after authorities say he set his ex-girlfriend's house on fire by throwing gasoline-filled balloons.
Victor Rosado. (Photo: Midland County Sheriff's Office)
Victor Rosado has been charged with Arson Intent Damage a Habitat/Place of Worship, a 1st Degree Felony, and Stalking, a 3rd Degree Felony.
According to an arrest affidavit, authorities were called to a home late Saturday night for a report of a structure fire. Firefighters made their way inside of the home and found a 12-year-old boy who didn't know that a fire had started.
Once the fire was put out investigators determined that it was not accidental and that it was a case of arson. An investigation revealed that balloons filled with gasoline had been thrown onto the home to ignite it.
Neighbors also told police that they had seen a man wearing all black running away at the time of the fire.
The homeowner was told that the fire was not an accident and she was asked if there was anyone that would want to burn her house down. According to the affidavit, the woman told officers about her ex-boyfriend, identified as Rosado.
The affidavit states that the woman told officers that Rosado "is crazy" and that they had just broken up, as well as mentioning another incident that happened before while they were still together. The woman said that she wanted to move to a different city because she didn't want him to slash her tires.
Officers then went to Rosado's home in Odessa where they reportedly smelled the odor of gasoline. Authorities then searched his garage and home and found a stronger odor of gasoline as well as a tail end of a balloon and an empty package of balloons.
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 charged him with arson.
The following day officers spoke again with the victim on her relationship with Rosado. The affidavit states that the victim mentioned several bad 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.