Fayetteville Man Accused of Arson, 6 Counts of Attempted Capital Murder

FAYETTEVILLE, AR — Fayetteville police have arrested Nicholas Rodriguez on charges of Arson and Attempted Capitol Murder. 

On May 7, Fayetteville Police were called to a disturbance at a home on W. Elm. When they arrived, Rodriguez was gone, but the victim told police she and Rodriguez had been in an argument while walking to a convenience store. She told police Rodriguez placed his arm around her neck. She also told police Rodriguez had made previous threats to kill her if she attempted to leave.

At 4:51 a.m. Fayetteville Police and Fire crews responded to the same home for a report of a fire. When officials arrived, the six people in the house had safely evacuated the home.

Officers found Rodriguez near the intersection of Greg and Township and arrested him. Police say their investigation found that fires had been intentionally set at all three doorways at the house. Rodriguez later admitted to police that he set the fires.

Rodriguez was charged with six counts of Attempted Capital Murder, Arson, Terroristic Threatening and Aggravated Assault on a Family or Household Member.

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