Yearlong Investigation Leads To Arrest In Local Arson Case

An Orlando, Florida man was jailed in Central Texas Thursday charged with arson in connection with a May 2012 fire.

Christian Omar Rodriguez (Jail photo)

HARKER HEIGHTS (August 22, 2013)—An Orlando, Fla., man was being held Thursday in the Bell County Jail in connection with a May 2012 automobile fire that investigators say was arson.

Orlando police arrested Christian Omar Rodriguez, 22, on July 30 on a warrant issued in Bell County in connection with a fire that burned a red Dodge pick up truck that earlier had been reported stolen in Copperas Cove.

Rodriguez was ordered held on bonds totaling $26,500, charged with arson and failure to appear in court.

A news release issued Wednesday by Harker Heights police said Rodriguez had reported the truck stolen in Copperas Cove and later it was found on fire along Juanita Drive, in Harker Heights.

Harker Heights fire investigators determined the truck had been intentionally torched, the release said.

Bell County Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield issued an arrest warrant naming Rodriguez and Florida authorities arrested him on that warrant.

Harker Heights police Chief Jack V. Collier said officers had been working with fire marshals on the case for more than a year when they got a break in the case that resulted in the arrest.


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