A Maryland woman admitted she used lighter fluid and a lighter to set her now-ex-boyfriend’s car on fire because he’d been been cheating on her.
18-year-old Hopesy Henriquez has been charged with first-degree malicious burning, second-degree arson, and malicious destruction of property for the incident.
On May 10th at around 3:30 a.m., police and firefighters were summoned to a car fire in Germantown, Maryland. When they arrived, they found a gray Chevrolet Malibu engulfed in flames. As firefighters were extending and setting up hoses, an officer approached her because she was the only non-emergency worker there.
The officer asked her if she knew anything about what had happened, and she said, “I set his car on fire.” When the cop asked her why, she replied, “Because he was cheating on me… I should have set his house of fire.”
Her 24-year-old ex-boyfriend had broken up with just a few hours earlier. He told officers that he went to her house to end the relationship. At that point, she became physical, so he left. He says his car was worth about $29,000. It was a total loss.
Police arrested Ms. Henriquez at the scene and took her downtown for questioning. She quite willingly told them everything; she’d bought lighter fluid and a lighter at a 7-Eleven, got an Uber driver to take her to her ex’s house, then set his car on fire.
“I put it all over. Front, side, back… I just wanted to do something crazy, a lot of things have been happening to me,” She told them.
When asked where she got the idea, she said, “I watched this music video and that’s when I thought about lighting his car on fire… I hope he never forgets it.”
She’s now in jail in Montgomery County and is due in court on June 3rd.
She faces up to 28 years in prison.