Saturday, October 1 2022

SAN ANTONIO, TX – A landlord has been arrested after being charged with burning down a house over a payment dispute with tenants, according to KSAT News.

Elizabeth Flores Romo, 35, has been charged with arson of a dwelling/gathering place, according to Bexar County Jail records.

The incident was reported at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at a San Antonio home near North New Braunfels Avenue in Dignowity Hill.

According to reports, the tenant of an apartment inside the house called the police because they said his landlord had broken into his unit and set his door frame on fire. When the agents arrived, there was no evidence that Romo had burned the door, so they left.

An hour later, reports show another tenant called police and told them Romo’s room was on fire. Before the second fire was reported, Romo allegedly used his phone to text a relative, telling him “if she doesn’t get her rent money, she’s going to burn the house down,” the affidavit states.

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According to the affidavit, Romo admitted to setting the door on fire, but not to starting the fire in his bedroom. She allegedly told the officer that she started the first fire because the tenants didn’t pay their rent on time and they “didn’t keep the inside clean”, reports KSAT News.

Police believe Romo knowingly set the house on fire while people were inside, according to reports.

His bail was set at $30,000, records show.

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