Precinct 4 officials said Pablo Patino, 27, deliberately set fire to his ex-wife’s north Houston home on Tuesday.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas. A man accused of deliberately setting fire to the house that housed his ex-wife, stepdaughter and several other family members is involved in a SWAT standoff in the Spring area, according to the Harris County Constable’s 4th Precinct.
The showdown takes place on Lotus Blossom Street, which is in Cypresswood Drive on the east side of the Hardy Tollway.
Authorities said it started around 2:00 pm.
According to authorities, Pablo Patino’s wife thought her estranged husband had left town and wanted to pick up some clothes from the Lotus Flower home. Since Patino was still not in custody, she asked the constable’s deputies to escort her home.
When they got there, Patino was in the hallway and ran to the back bedroom, where he told them that he had a gun and that authorities said he would kill anyone who approached the house.
The constable’s wife and deputies immediately left the house unharmed, officials said.
This is an active scene. Keep for updates.
Authorities said Tuesday that Patino, 27, deliberately set fire to his ex-wife’s north Houston home. According to authorities, she, her daughter and four other family members were inside at the time. Officials said Patino also tried to hit his wife with a car as she ran from the burning house.
It happened around 3:30 am on Mortimer Drive, close to Antoine Drive and the Sam Houston Tollway.
Family members said Patino shaved off his facial hair to disguise himself before he started six house fires.
Logan Saldana, brother of Patino’s ex-wife, said he tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful. He said the family managed to escape through the back door.
According to officials, Patino managed to get away after setting the fire. According to court records, he was charged with arson in connection with the incident.
Precinct 4 officials said Patino was also arrested the day after Christmas for assault. On the same day he was released on bail.
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