Killeen: Man accused of torching boss’s van pleads guilty

Alan Ray Baker. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Killeen man accused of torching his boss's van who was set for trial Monday morning chose to plead guilty to felony arson and evading arrest counts.

Alan Ray Baker pleaded guilty to one count of arson and one count of evading arrest and 27th District Judge John Gauntt set Baker’s sentencing for Jan. 23, 2019, court records reflected.

Baker, 48, was arrested Feb. 5 and charged after police say he set his boss’s Dodge van on fire while police officers watched, the arrest affidavit says.

Police undercover detectives were involved in a robbery detail operation when two of them saw a black car driving on city streets with no headlights, after dark.

Detectives decided to trail the car to see what the driver might be up to, and when he reached a parking lot, he pulled in, so detectives watched as the driver went back and forth between his car and the van, and then got back in his car and drove away.

Almost immediately the detectives saw flames shooting from the parked vehicle and they began to pursue the other car.

The short chase ended abruptly when the fleeing driver’s vehicle crashed into a parked car.

The man tried to run, but was quickly caught.

Police would later learn from the owner of the torched van that he had fired Baker earlier in the day, the affidavit said.