A Florida teen who allegedly set his girlfriend’s house on fire while she and her parents were inside blamed the incident on a “random black guy” when confronted by detectives.
Jose Bernardo Rosas Madrigal, a 19-year-old from Polk County, Florida, doused the home in lighter fluid, as well as used lighter fluid to draw a heart on a fence near his girlfriend’s bedroom window. After Madrigal ignited the family’s front yard he drove past the house to see the outcome, according to a report from The Daily Beast. The incident occurred days after the teen took to Google and searched “how to burn a brick house down,” and threatened to kill his girlfriend over Snapchat.
“We were very lucky. We caught it in time before it blew up,” James Scott, the father of the girlfriends, said. “I thank God because God was on our side. If it would have gone 5 or 10 more minutes, the car would have blew up. My house would have been on fire. He could have killed us.”
Madrigal faces three counts of attempted first-degree homicide and one count of first-degree arson. He is also charged with possession of liquor by a person under 21.
A few months back a similar incident occurred in which a Colorado man claimed a black man had stabbed him because of his neo-Nazi haircut. Joshua Witt had told police that he was stabbed by a random black man in the parking lot of a Steak and Shake in Sheridan, Colorado. But then it turned out that Witt was never attacked and he had stabbed himself.