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Pair Arrested for Trying to Torch Houston Home With Molotov Cocktails

Pair Arrested for Trying to Torch Houston Home With Molotov Cocktails
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A man and woman have been arrested after setting a fire at a northeast Houston home with Molotov cocktails, the Houston Fire Department Arson Bureau announced Tuesday.

Kimberley Cheatham, 33, and Kendrick Sanders, 19, face felony arson charges for starting a fire at 7409 Lavender on April 12. Captain Ruy Lozano, a spokesman for the Houston Fire Department, said homeowner Willie Hicks was at the home when the pair started the blaze, but the fire caused only minimal damage.

Lozano declined to speculate on a motive for the crime, but did say Cheatham and Sanders knew Hicks.

A judge set bail for the pair at $30,000. Sanders has misdemeanor convictions for theft and evading arrest. Cheatham has previously pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, criminal mischief and assault.
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