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No bail for man accused of setting fire to two houses and assaulting his wife

Pablo Patino faces several charges related to a strange series of events that began the day after Christmas and continued into New Year’s Eve.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas. Pablo Patino, the man accused of setting fire to several houses last week, will remain behind bars after a judge denied his bail request on Tuesday morning.

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.

Prosecutor Anthony Osso said the family breathed a sigh of relief after the judge’s decision.

“It was very scary for them and it was very scary for her to listen and hold it without any commitment to make sure they were safe, it really meant a lot to them,” Osso said.

He said state law allows judges to deny bail to suspects charged with another offense in violation of a protection order.

Editor’s Note: The video above originally aired previously.

First fire

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, investigators said Patino, 27, deliberately set fire to his ex-wife’s parents’ home in north Houston. His wife, her daughter and four other family members were inside at the time but made it out safely. Investigators said Patino also tried to hit his wife with a car as she fled 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 fires around the house, but the incident was caught on video by Ring.

Patino fled after setting the fire, officials said.

Second fire

According to authorities, Patino was taken into custody on Thursday, January 5, after a confrontation with special forces in the Spring area.

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.

Patino was seen climbing out of a second-story window and was quickly arrested nearly four hours later.

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 checked in the hospital before being sent to jail.

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

Before the fires, Patino was arrested the day after Christmas for assault. On the same day he was released on bail.

It was then that his wife left home to stay with her parents.

Help for Domestic Violence

In Houston, domestic and family violence cases have increased at an alarming rate. Victims often suffer in silence because they feel scared, helpless, or ashamed.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, here are some subtle ways to seek help.

The Houston Area Women’s Center has a 24-hour domestic violence hotline at: 713-528-2121 or 1-800-256-0551.

The Family Time Crisis Center is also available around the clock at: 281-446-2615.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Crisis text line: Send a START message to 88788.

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