A North Carolina woman has been arrested after her attempt to light what she believed to be her ex-boyfriend’s house on fire.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, a homeowner awoke early in the morning after his neighbor notified him that a woman was attempting to set his house on fire.
The 49-year-old woman named Christie Louise Jones has been charged with arson and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly causing over $20,000 worth of damage to a home in Gold Hill, North Carolina.
Sadly, the owner of the home was unsuccessful in putting out the fire, as officials state that the woman appeared to have used a sealant to plug up the water.
Afterwards, the homeowner attempted to confront the woman directly with a rifle. Apparently just as law enforcement and emergency personnel arrived on the scene of the fire, the woman left.
Police were told by a witness who recognized Jones that the woman’s ex-boyfriend lived in the area and believed that she accidently targeted the wrong house for the fire.
“Deputies went to the house where Jones lived and talked with her. They charged her with felony first-degree arson, assault with a deadly weapon, and larceny of an animal. The bond was set at $101,500. More charges are possible in this case.” WBTV reported.
More details of this bizarre turn of events from a ‘WBTV’ report:
A woman who may have been trying to send a message to an ex-boyfriend apparently targeted the wrong house in an arson case being investigated by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the report, a homeowner in Gold Hill was awakened at approximately 7 a.m. on Friday by a neighbor who spotted a woman apparently trying to set fire to the house. There were bundles of wood and a fire on the front porch and deputies later located a jug of bar and chain oil that they say was used to light and spread the fire.
The homeowner came outside and tried to get water on the fire. When he came out, he noticed a woman standing near a blue car that was blocking the driveway. The woman was later identified by deputies as Christie Louise Jones, 49, of Richfield in Stanly County.
Deputies say the homeowner went to get the garden hose and then noticed that pieces of wood placed around a propane tank were on fire. The homeowner’s garden hose didn’t work because Jones allegedly used Flex Seal to try and seal off the water.
The homeowner then grabbed a rifle and confronted the woman. According to the report, Jones did not have much to say and “just mumbled.” Jones was also reportedly holding one of the homeowner’s dogs on a leash.
Deputies say a cut was discovered on the homeowner’s above-ground pool.
Jones current bond stands at over $100,000 with her being handed an additional charge of larceny of an animal.