A Florida man was arrested Wednesday for arson after he allegedly set fire to a car belonging to his girlfriend and her cousin, who are the same person, several months ago.
Melvin Alain Cintron, 37, was caught on camera setting his cousin and lover’s Jaguar XE sedan on fire outside a home in North Miami on April 29, according to an arrest report obtained by Local 10.
Investigators determined the sedan belonged to Cintron’s girlfriend, but were unable to interview her until Monday, the station reported.
He initially said his car caught fire while he was driving home because he was afraid of what Cintron would do if he told police the truth, according to the report.
Every time she spoke to investigators about what happened to her car, her boyfriend forced her to put the phone on speaker.
When he was finally able to speak freely, he told officers that he fears Cintron because he regularly carries a fully automatic weapon with a high-capacity double-drum magazine and even has a nickname for his drums.
Melvin Alain Cintrón was arrested after being caught on camera burning his cousin-turned-girlfriend’s car. Miami Dade County
Cintron reportedly calls the two round drums on the sides of the magazine the “t—–s” of the gun, the report states.
The unnamed woman also told police that her alleged arsonist boyfriend stole her purse and left her with no way home from a Miami shopping center on Friday.
Cintron reportedly became jealous when he thought a waiter was flirting with his cousin and the two argued before he snatched her purse, which contained $1,200 in cash, police said.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Cintron, of Hollywood, Florida, on Monday and he was arrested at gunpoint on Wednesday.
He has been charged with second-degree arson and third-degree grand larceny and is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on $12,500 bail, Local10 reported.