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VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK, Ariz. – A Yavapai County man is facing multiple criminal charges after a fight with his fiancee allegedly caused him to set fire to multiple vehicles in the area.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Village of Oak Creek resident Anthony Ramos has been arrested on four counts of arson and vehicle theft, and three counts of property damage.
YCSO said deputies were dispatched to four vehicle fires in Village of Oak Creek during the early morning hours of May 1.
The first incident took place just after midnight when a Dodge Intrepid was completely destroyed by a fire.
Approximately 90 minutes later, deputies learned of three more vehicles burning in the area.
In all four cases the suspect set fire to clothing or paper and stuck it into the filler spout for the gas tank.
During the course of their investigation, deputies learned that the Dodge Intrepid had been stolen on the night of April 30.
The owner of the vehicle told investigators that his wallet was inside the car when it was stolen. The man also provided Ramos’ name as a possible suspect, stating that he believed Ramos had stolen property in the past.
Ramos was interviewed by detectives, and denied any involvement in the crimes. He did, however, admit to buying an alcoholic beverage early on May 1. A bottle of the drink Ramos had purchased was recovered near one of the burning vehicles.
On May 13, a deputy learned that the wallet belonging to the owner of the Dodge Intrepid had been found behind Ramos’ apartment building.
On May 22, Ramos provided a DNA sample to authorities for evidence comparison testing, but continued to deny any involvement in the crimes.
According to YCSO, Ramos contacted the lead detective in the case on May 28 and said he was “tired of running” and admitted to burning all four vehicles.
Ramos reportedly said that he had gotten angry on May 1 after getting into a fight with his fiancee and decided to steal the Dodge Intrepid because he knew the owner kept the keys in the ignition.
Ramos admitted that he decided to set fire to three more vehicles because he wanted to repeat the “rush” he got from watching the Dodge Intrepid burn.
Ramos is now behind bars on a $25,000 bond.