Cops: Arson Charges for Man who Lit Girlfriend’s Clothes on Fire

A Lakeview man is facing arson charges after he allegedly poured gasoline onto his girlfriend’s clothes and lit them on fire Friday afternoon outside a Hempstead home, Nassau County police said.

Ramell Cooper, 32, was arrested after he was discovered hiding under the oil tank in the boiler room of the home, police said. He was charged with reckless endangerment and arson.

The incident occurred at 2:30 p.m. at a house on Stowe Place, police said.

According to detectives, Cooper allegedly grabbed his girlfriend’s clothes and doused them with gasoline before lighting them on fire in the driveway. The ensuing fire and heat also damaged the house, police said.

The Hempstead Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire, police said. Two females and a 5-year-old were in the home at the time of the incident, police said. Nobody was injured.

Cooper, who also has an open Family Court warrant, will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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