A Prince George's County man was charged with arson after fire officials say he intentionally burned his ex-girlfriend’s car in the Edgewater area.
Felix A. Rivera, of the 8400 block of Longfellow Street in Hyattsville, was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly set fire to a car in the 3300 block of Oak Drive, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Chief Michael Cox.
Firefighters arrived on the scene around 9 p.m. and found the car fully engulfed in flames, which extended to a home nearby. It took 25 firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the one-alarm fire under control.
Fire investigators determined the fire was deliberately set, Cox said.
“Our investigators were able to develop a description and an identity of the suspect,” Cox said. “They set up a lookout and shortly after that, Anne Arundel County police found the suspect about a mile away.”
Rivera was charged with first-degree attempted arson, second-degree arson and first-degree malicious burning—all felonies. Additionally, he received misdemeanor charges of malicious destruction of property, threat of arson and reckless endangerment.
According to online court records, Rivera was also charged with possession of marijuana and his ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him as a result of the incident.
Felix is being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in Annapolis.
The fire caused an estimated $5,100 in damage to the car and house.