THE Tobago man who set fire to an apartment building on Saturday night, forcing a 50-year-old woman and her 20-year-old daughter to jump more than 20 feet to safety will appear in court this morning.
Officers of the Port of Spain Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday laid two arson charges against the 23-year-old man for setting ablaze the Dundonald Street, Port of Spain, apartment of Sherma McPherson and her daughter Jamelia Roberts.
It was shortly before midnight on Saturday while the women were asleep that the man entered the first floor apartment, doused it with gasoline and proceeded to set it on fire.
He had also locked all the doors to the apartment in an attempt to prevent the women from escaping. However, McPherson and Roberts managed to squeeze their way through a window before jumping to safety, police had reported.
Officers said earlier in the day, Roberts had an argument with the man. This led him to commit the act they said.
Around 7 a.m. on Sunday, CID officers led by ASP Ajith Persad went to a house at Third Street, Barataria, where the man was arrested. He will appear before a Port of Spain magistrate later today.
Meanwhile, several other people are also expected to appear in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court today after being arrested during an exercise in the capital city by CID officers between Monday night and yesterday morning.
A total of 15 people were held during that exercise which was also led by Persad. Five of them were arrested in connection with drug-related offences, while another six, including a 23-year-old woman were arrested for drunk driving.
The others are to be placed on several identification parades on suspicion of larceny and robbery in the Port of Spain area.
A Nissan Almera car believed to be stolen was also seized, while 35 traffic tickets were issued to errant motorists for various offences said police.