18-year-old-girl arrested after ‘setting her cheating ex-boyfriend’s bed on fire while he was sleeping’
An 18-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder after she sent her ex-boyfriend’s bed on fire while he was sleeping.
Jacqueline Rivera is alleged to have poured gasoline on the bed after breaking into the home.
Prosecutors said she had been told her ex had cheated on her and had carried out the revenge attack.
Her ex-boyfriend woke up at his home in Redwood City, California, to find his bed on fire.
He screamed for his father who managed to put the flames out with a garden hose, Sfgate.com reported.
The boyfriend, who has not been named, suffered minor burns on his arms and hands.
Police said Rivera, who had fled from the scene, later turned up at the ex-boyfriend’s home to talk ‘about their relationship’.
According to prosecutors Rivera and the 21 year old had dated for several months.
She later discovered that her boyfriend had cheated on her.
Rivera first tried to talk with her ex after knocking on his bedroom window at 2am, but was sent away.
She returned an hour later said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe but was again dismissed.
Around 5.45am Wagstaffe said the boyfriend woke up to find his bed in flames.
The victim later told authorities he did not alert police or fire because he believed Rivera was responsible but didn’t think he could prove it, Wagstaffe said.
He also said a plastic bottle left near the bed smelled of gasoline, Wagstaffe said.
Two weeks after the bed burning incident he received a text message from a friend of Rivera who said she was responsible.
The friend contacted police and Rivera was arrested at her home.
Rivera was charged with attempted murder, arson and residential burglary.
She did not enter a plea when appearing in court and bail was set at $500,000.
Rivera faces 10 to 15 years in jail if convicted.