Police respond to car fire, arrest man for domestic violence
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CREATED Feb. 2, 2013
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson police responded to a car fire and discovered that a man had been threatening and harassing the owner of the burning car.
Tucson police responded to the 9500 block of east Shiloh Street at around 12:45 a.m. after a report of a vehicle explosion, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department.
Once on scene, officers located a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the apartment complex, Widmer said.
During the initial investigation, the owner of the vehicle told police that she believed her estranged husband was responsible for the fire.
Detectives from the Special Investigations Unit and Tucson Police Department EOD personnel also responded to assist with the investigation. The spoke to witnesses and collected evidence from the scene and finally determined that the incident was arson and not caused by an explosive device or bomb, Widmer said.
Next, police identified the victim's estranged husband as 30-year-old Fernando Rodriguez. Police also learned that there were prior reports of domestic violence acts committed by Rodriguez, according to Widmer.
In December 2012, the victim filed an order of protection against Rodriguez.
Widmer tells KGUN9 that detectives further learned that after the order of protection was served on Rodriguez, he sent multiple threatening text messages as well as YouTube videos portraying violence to the victim.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for Rodriguez's home and found various items of evidence as well as multiple firearms, which were a violation of his protection order, according to Widmer.
Rodriguez was arrested on one count of felony domestic violence-stalking, twenty-one felony counts of domestic violence-aggravated harassment and one misdemeanor count of violation of a court order.
No arrest has been made regarding the arson incident, but the investigation is still ongoing, Widmer says.