A bitter boyfriend from Auburndale, Florida is accused of setting his girlfriend’s family home ablaze and then pointing the finger at a “random black guy” for the fiery mess. Jose Bernando Rosas Madrigal, 19, was arrested Saturday for allegedly dousing his girlfriend's home and its yard in a flammable liquid. According to WFLA, he even allegedly drew a heart with the liquid outside his girlfriend’s bedroom.
Then, he lit it up. Inside the home: the girlfriend and her family.
“It’s by the grace of God that we don’t have three people burned up in a house fire,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told WFLA.
The girlfriend’s father also thanked God.
James Scott told The Daily Beast, “I thank God because God was on our side. If it would have gone 5 or 10 minutes more, the car would have blew up. My house would have been on fire. He could have killed us.”
Madrigal allegedly threatened to burn the house down over Snapchat before pouring the flammable liquid all over his girlfriend’s property. He also apparently did some research.
“He planned this in advance,” Judd told WFLA. “He Googled how to burn the house, he mixed the combination and poof, he set it on fire. And poof, we put him in jail.”
Madrigal gave police conflicting stories about his whereabouts at the time that the fire broke out. He allegedly changed his story after realizing that police had obtained security footage that showed his truck near his girlfriend’s home.
He then claimed that after he and his girlfriend had a fight, he drove by her house, saw the fire and left, adding that he saw “a random black guy” ignite it before running off. It is unclear if Madrigal has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time. He faces attempted first-degree homicide, arson and other charges.
[Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office]