A man who allegedly lit someone else’s mobile home on fire because he thought his ex-girlfriend was in it, turned himself into the authorities on Wednesday.
Mandrick Deon Holmes, 30, of Conway was cited for arson after he burned down a mobile home located at Westhaven Mobile Home Park on Tuesday evening.
According to La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the Conway Police Department, Holmes was upset because he thought his ex-girlfriend was at the home.
"The victim told officers that he had just arrived home from work when Holmes confronted him and demanded to talk to his ex-girlfriend," she explained. "The victim then shut the door in the suspect’s face because he stated that Holmes was frustrated and since the ex-girlfriend wasn’t in the home, he didn’t want to deal with the suspect. The victim told the officers that he heard the suspect banging on his door and then saw him trying to damage his vehicle by throwing rocks at it."
The suspect then went to the victim’s boat, grabbed the gas can and poured gasoline on the victim’s front door and porch before lighting it on fire and leaving the area. The victim tried to put the fire out but it was too big and the Conway Fire Department had to be called.
Mike Winter, assistant fire chief, said that the first unit arrived on the scene within two minutes of receiving the call, but the home was already fully engulfed.
"Our first unit arrived within two minutes of getting the call, but there was already heavy fire and smoke" he said. "Fires do tend to take off inside mobile homes and unfortunately, the home was completely destroyed."
Witnesses in the neighborhood confirmed the victim’s story, as did the woman that had been inside the vehicle with Holmes when he stopped to confront the victim.
Woodruff said when the woman saw Holmes throwing rocks trying to break the windows in the victim’s vehicle and home that she got out of the vehicle and began to walk away.
"The woman told officers that when Holmes saw his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle at the victim’s home, he became enraged and stopped to confront the victim, even though she asked him to forget about it and keep driving," she said. "When the woman saw him throwing the rocks, she got out of the vehicle and walked away from the area. She told our officers that she walked away because "Holmes was acting crazy."
Holmes turned himself in at the police station the following day and confessed to the crime. According to the police report, Holmes stated that "he had just lost control when the victim would not come outside and fight him."
Holmes’ probation officer was notified of his arrest. He was transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center where he was cited with arson and failure to comply with the terms of his probation.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be reached at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)