ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - A 57-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after setting a trailer on fire while a woman was inside, according to Ormond Beach police.
Officers said the incident occurred around 4 p.m. Thursday on South Nova Road.
Joe Gerard got into an argument with his roommate before pouring gasoline around the trailer and lighting it on fire, officers said.
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Investigators said Gerard was upset because his roommate refused to have an intimate relationship with him.
Officers said the woman was able to escape unharmed. They said she told them Gerard threatened to burn down the home Wednesday.
Neighbors said police have been called to the home multiple times.
Police said Gerard was arrested on arson and battery charges.
The incident remains under investigation.
Ormond Police say Joe Gerard set his trailer on fire with his roommate inside after the two got into an argument. He will face a Judge this afternoon pic.twitter.com/tflvOocNV6— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) February 8, 2019
Tonight Ormond Beach Police continue to investigate a fire at this mobile home park. They say a man poured gasoline, then set fire to his mobile home while his female roommate was still inside! Live coverage on #TV27at10 & #WFTVat11 @WFTV pic.twitter.com/TWQLvnEprt— Ken Tyndall (@KenTyndallWFTV) February 8, 2019
Police say a man set his mobile home on fire after getting into an argument with his roommate. She was in the mobile home at the time but escaped unharmed pic.twitter.com/LTfD554Ku8— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) February 7, 2019
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