Linda Lopez is a mess. The 33-year-old from Chicago is behind bars and charged with setting fire inside an apartment on Sunday morning because she was angry at her husband for smoking all their weed. True story.
A tenant, who alerted his neighbors, found a small fire in a planter inside the building. He led the police to the second floor where there was another fire smoldering inside an apartment, the release said. The fire department was called to put the fire out. An investigation revealed that the former tenant of the unit had moved out two weeks prior and a married couple had moved in because the rent was paid to the end of April. The couple had been using the apartment to party and use heroin, according to the release. Police learned that the couple went to the North Riverside Mall on Sunday and had stolen liquor. They returned to the apartment where they drank all day and later drove to Chicago [where Linda performed a sex act for money in an alley and used the money to buy crack.] They then returned to the apartment where they continued to drink and smoke, the release said. [Linda] fell asleep and when she woke up, her marijuana was missing, the release said. She confronted her husband and accused him of smoking her marijuana. The argument escalated to a fistfight and she threatened to stab her husband, the release said. Instead, she punctured a pink plastic bottle of perfume and poured it on a set of towels before igniting it with a lighter. Lopez told police she started the fire because she was angry her husband smoked the marijuana without her, the release said. "The tenants inside the building are lucky to be alive," said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in the release. "The two elderly tenants that live in the basement, both in their late 80s and early 90s, one is blind and one deaf. There's no possible way these individuals could have made it out of that apartment on their own if the building had become fully engulfed." There was fire damage to the second-floor apartment door, wall and floor, including the hallway, the release said.Linda and her husband sound like they're perfect for each other. Soul mates, even. She was charged with aggravated arson and ordered held on $20,000 bail.
source: Chicago Tribune