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Man accused of deliberately setting fire to two houses last week to face trial

Pablo Patino is expected to appear in court for the first time on Monday. He faces several charges related to his actions last week.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas. Pablo Patino, the man accused of setting fire to several houses last week, is expected to appear in court for the first time on Monday.

Patino faces multiple charges, including arson, making a terrorist threat, assaulting a family member, and violating a protection order. It is currently held under bonds totaling $4.5 million.

Editor’s Note: The videos attached to this article are from previous reports.

First fire

Authorities said Tuesday that Patino, 27, deliberately set fire to his ex-wife’s parents’ home in north Houston. According to authorities, his wife, 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 Toll Road.

Family members said Patino shaved off his facial hair to disguise himself before he started six house fires.

Logan Saldana, the 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 escaped through the back door.

Patino fled after setting the fire, officials said.

Second fire

Patino was taken into custody Thursday after a SWAT standoff in the Spring area, authorities said.

The confrontation took place at Patino’s home on Lotus Blossom Street, which is in Cypresswood Drive on the east side of the Hardy Tollway.

Authorities said the confrontation began around 2:00 pm. A couple of hours later, authorities said Patino set the house on fire when a robot spotted him in the attic.

Around 5:40 p.m., Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez reported that Patino had been taken into custody. He was seen climbing out of a second-story window, and as he descended to the ground, he was quickly arrested.

Authorities said Patino never spoke to the negotiators during the hours-long standoff, and they are not sure exactly how he started the fire.

They said they tried to get him out, but he only did so when the fire became unbearable. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for possible injuries, authorities said.

Patino climbed out of the window above the garage. Law enforcement laser sights could be seen on Patino’s body as he descended.

The beginning of the confrontation

Patino’s wife thought her ex-husband had left town on Thursday and wanted to collect clothes from the Lotus Flower home, authorities said.

As Patino was still not in custody, she asked the constable’s assistants to escort her home in case he was there.

“We knew who he was. We knew how brutal he was,” said Vicente Medina, Chief Constable for the 4th District of Harris County.

When they got there, the constable’s assistants entered the house to make sure it was clean. Then they said they noticed Patino in the hallway. Authorities said he ran to the back bedroom, where he told them he had a gun.

The deputies of the constable immediately left the house unharmed and called for reinforcements, officials said.

One more charge

In another previous incident, precinct 4 officials said Patino was arrested the day after Christmas for assault. On the same day he was released on bail.

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