A California woman is under arrest after trying to set fire to a house where her ex-boyfriend was living with another woman and then crashed a car into it. Complicating matters is the fact that it appears the ex was actually a squatter, who was living in the home illegally. According to KTXL FOX40, neighbors in the Stockton neighborhood had been trying to get police involved for some time and have finally had enough.
CBS13 in Stockton reports things came to a head Monday night when 33-year-old Arr-Nivia Patron broke out all the windows in the home. She then poured gasoline along the outside of the house and ignited it. Capping off her assault, she drove her car through a kitchen wall, hitting her former romantic interest, and ending up partially inside the house herself.
Patron was taken into custody at the scene and charged with arson and assault with a deadly weapon. Police say the man didn’t need medical attention. Inspectors from the city code enforcement then came to the home and deemed it unsafe to live in. Neighbors, however, say no one should have been living inside the house to begin with since it is a foreclosed property owned by the bank.
Residents on the block claim they complained before about the squatters but when police showed up, they were shown fake rental agreements by the couple living there. Following Monday’s incident, officers again asked them to show proof of legal residence and were shown utility bills, but police realized the documents were fake and kicked the couple out.
[Photo: Stockton Police Department]