Gold Hill, NC – A North Carolina woman was arrested late last week after she allegedly set fire to a home she mistakenly thought belonged to her ex-boyfriend.
The incident occurred at a house on Old Beatty Ford Road at approximately 7 a.m. on July 22, WSOC reported.
The homeowner was awaked by a neighbor who said they had noticed a woman outside his house, trying to set it on fire, according to WTVT.
Deputies later discovered bundles of wood around the home and a jug of oil that the suspect allegedly used to ignite a fire on the front porch.
The homeowner ran to get a garden hose to douse the flames, at which point he spotted burning wood situated around a propane tank, according to police.
That’s when he realized the hose wouldn’t work – the end had been blocked of with a waterproof sealant, WSOC reported.
The homeowner then saw a woman he did not know holding one of his dogs on a leash, according to WTVT.
He grabbed a rifle and confronted her just before the woman sped away, brushing him with her car, WSOC reported.
Firefighters and police arrived at the scene moments later and officers quickly tracked the suspect down and arrested her.
She has since been identified as 49-year-old Christie Jones, WTVT reported.
According to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO), Jones slashed the homeowner’s above-ground pool, stole his dog, and successfully set fire to a portion of the house, WSOC reported.
The total amount of damages was estimated to be approximately $20,000.
Investigators eventually located the homeowner’s dog and returned it.
Jones allegedly targeted the house with the mistaken belief it belonged to her ex-boyfriend, WTVT reported.
Deputies said there was no indication that she and the homeowner had ever met, according to WBTV.
Jones has been charged with larceny of an animal, assault with a deadly weapon, and felony first-degree arson.
Her bond was set at $101,500.
The RCSO said additional charges may be forthcoming, WSOC reported.