HFD: Angry ex-wife sends threatening text messages before setting man's house afire

HFD:  Angry ex-wife sends threatening text messages before setting man's house afire

HFD: Angry ex-wife sends threatening text messages before setting man's house afire

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 5:22 PM

HOUSTON – A woman torched her ex-husband’s east Houston home while he was inside with his new girlfriend, according to the Houston Fire Department.

Rechelle Wesley, 49, was charged with Arson.

The incident happened on November 4 in the 4700 block of Buck.

The man said he and his new girlfriend were entering into his home when he saw Wesley driving by.

He said shortly after that, there was a knock and rattling at his door, then he received text messages from Wesley stating “I suggest you answer your door,” and “Just so you know, I’ll be out here when you come out.”

He still refused to answer.

The next text he received said “Your porch is on fire,” according to court documents.

He then smelled smoke and walked outside. After seeing the flames, he ran back inside, grabbed his dog and called 911.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the one-story home. It took them about 30 minutes to extinguish the flames. They determined the fire was intentionally set.

They interviewed Wesley at the scene, who said she was near the property and saw the fire, but did not set it.

Authorities did not believe her and based on the evidence collected, they moved forward with filing charges.

Wesley’s bond was set at $20,000.

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