LUBBOCK, TX - A grand jury in Lubbock indicted Kaleb Daniel Wade Fowler, 19, for aggravated assault this week.
Fowler was accused of dousing a couch with lighter fluid inside the Kenosha Place Apartments in the 5000 block of Kenosha Avenue. A police report said he then lit the couch on fire.
A police report said that on August 10, Fowler had a verbal dispute with his girlfriend. The police report also said Folwer “has been violent in the past.”
She began packing a bag for herself and her child to leave.
A police report said, “[The suspect] threatened [the victim] and stated that if she left, he was going to ‘burn the place down.’”
She continued preparing to leave.
“[The suspect] became irate,” the police report said. “[The suspect] grabbed a Zippo lighter fluid bottle from the kitchen table nearby and squeezed the fluid onto the couch in the living room.”
“[The suspect] also squeezed lighter fluid on a diaper bag that V1 was holding in her arms.”
He then used a lighter to start the couch on fire, according to the police report. Fowler left and the girlfriend was able to put out the fire before it spread.
The victim’s daughter was asleep in the apartment at the time of the fire.
The police report said, “The furniture in the apartment was throw around a flat screen television was on the floor in the kitchen. It appeared as if [the suspect] ransacked the apartment before he left.”
Police were on scene when Fowler called the victim by phone.
The police report said, “I recorded the conversation with my body worn camera.”
“[The suspect] can be heard threatening [the victim] and [her] mother with death if she did not tell police that the fire was an accident. When [the victim] told [the suspect] she was with police, [the suspect] hung up.”
Fowler was arrested on August 11. He has been held since that time in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
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