Ex-husband charged with car fire in Graham after being snared on Facebook

Staff writerSeptember 10, 2013 

A Graham woman who suspected her ex-husband of lighting her SUV on fire created a fake account on Facebook and got him to admit to arson, according to court records.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the man, 46, with second-degree arson. He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The woman’s Chevrolet Tahoe was parked outside her home when it caught fire June 12. Firefighters did not initially suspect arson but the woman was suspicious because she argued with her ex-husband hours before the blaze.

She befriended her ex on Facebook under a fake account she created and chatted with him about ex-spouses, according to charging papers. In a message, the man allegedly wrote that he started a fire in his ex-wife’s car.

Sheriff’s detectives checked the man’s phone records and found that he made and received calls near his ex-wife’s home around the time of the fire.

During an interview with the man at his Covington home last week, he told detectives he knew the Facebook profile was created by his ex-wife and he admitted to the fire to play with her.

When confronted with the cell phone calls made near his ex-wife’s house at the time of the fire, he claimed his son had run away and he might have been in the area looking for him.

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