A Parkland apartment building, two vehicles, a carport and a Pierce County man’s relationship are apparently total losses after a fire last week.
According to Pierce County prosecutors, as Luke Andrade told a woman at a Parkland bus stop Saturday about his failed relationship, the bystander saw a fire in the distance.
“I did it,” Andrade told the woman as his ex-girlfriend’s apartment building burned, according to charging papers.
Andrade, who turns 22 on Thursday (July 2), was charged with first-degree arson and violating a protection order. He pleaded not guilty Monday and Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $350,000.
Public defender Edward Decosta said Tuesday that he had just gotten Andrade’s file and declined to comment.
Court records give this account:
On June 24, Andrade’s ex-girlfriend got a temporary protection that prohibited him from going to her apartment at 112th Street and First Avenue Court East.
After a fire was reported at the apartment building police arrived about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and the ex-girlfriend told them Andrade had set her mother’s car on fire. The flames burned a second car, a carport and the apartments.
All were estimated to be total losses.
The ex-girlfriend said she saw Andrade at the apartments at the time of the fire, and he smiled and said, “I did it” before he walked away. One witness said Andrade stood by the car as it burned.
The woman who saw Andrade at the bus stop said he seemed drunk.
When sheriff’s deputies found him in the area, he had a lighter. He said he hadn’t been at the apartments but had been playing pool at a bar and was walking to his mother’s house.