North Charleston man arrested after girlfriend said he threatened to set apartment on fire with can of gas
A North Charleston man was arrested Saturday after his girlfriend said he threatened to set the apartment on fire with a can of gasoline.
Here’s what happened, according to the incident report.
A North Charleston police officer was called to an apartment on Evelyn Drive about 9:15 a.m. Saturday.
A woman came out of the house and said her boyfriend, Andy Muentes, 34, threatened to set the apartment on fire with a can of gasoline.
An officer called out to Muentes and he stepped outside.
The officer went inside and saw a Kel-Tec .40-caliber semi-automatic carbine on the kitchen counter, according to the report. Items were on the floor as if they had been knocked off shelves. The officer put the gun in the trunk of his patrol car.
Muentes told officers he and his girlfriend were arguing over her talking to her ex-boyfriend on the telephone. He said he was not trying to set the apartment on fire but would not say why he brought the gas can inside the apartment.
The woman told officers she took the gas can from Muentes and hid it in the back yard and then struggled with him trying to keep him from going out in the yard and retrieving it. Then he tried to set a paper plate on fire with a lighter while she was holding the gas can, she told officers.
Muentes then told officers he brought the gas can inside to scare his girlfriend.
Muentes was charged with criminal domestic violence. He was being held Monday in the Charleston County jail on $3,000 bail.