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Woman torches husband’s clothes following argument

By Staff | Mar 6, 2012

Paula Andrea Valverde

A Cape Coral woman is accused of setting her husband’s clothes on fire in the driveway of their home over the weekend following an argument.

Paula Andrea Valverde, 36, of 1119 S.E. Fifth Ave., was arrested and charged Sunday with second-degree arson, prevent hinder firefighter or equipment and damage property criminal mischief $200 and under.

As of Tuesday, she had been released from jail on $18,000 bond.

Valverde did not return a phone message seeking comment.

At about 12:55 a.m. Sunday, Cape officers responded to 1119 S.E. Fifth Ave. A man reported that he got into a verbal argument with Valverde, his wife, and she was upset so he left the home, according to a police report.

Upon leaving, their roommate informed him that Valverde had taken his clothes outside, doused them in “paint thinner” and lit them on fire. The roommate tried to get a hose, but Valverde told her not to be “nosey.”

The report states that officers observed a 9-foot to 10-foot fire in the driveway upon arrival. They used the garden hose to put water on the fire in an attempt to save nearby vehicles and houses until firefighters arrived.

The Cape Fire Department arrived and put out the flames. The State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to the scene and initiated an investigation.

Valverde reportedly said she was upset and set the clothes on fire.

Her husband and their roommate also provided statements.

Valverde was taken into custody and booked at the Lee County Jail.

She has a court appearance scheduled for April 2.