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Car Fire Leads To Arrest Of Accused Rapist In Murfreesboro

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Car Fire Leads To Arrest Of Accused Rapist In Murfreesboro

CREATED Apr 15, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A man who reported that his car was set on fire outside a Murfreesboro motel early Monday was later arrested.

Murfreesboro Police said the owner called to report his Honda Civic was on fire outside Motel Murfreesboro on NW Broad Street around 12:15 a.m. 

Witnesses said someone was seen running from the burning car. The Fire Marshal's Office said they believe the fire was intentionally set.

Police said a routine check on the owner, identified as Amilido Rodriguez, found he had warrants in La Vergne for rape and sexual battery. He was taken into custody and booked on $250,000 bond.

Police continue to investigate who set his car on fire, and why.

Anyone with information was asked to call MFRD's Fire Marshal's Office at 615-849-2605 or Rutherford County Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP (7867).