ARSON/AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ARREST: Last night Lufkin
Police arrested a man who attempted to set another man on fire after
burning items in the man’s yard.
Greg Anthony Rodriguez Sr., 44, of Lufkin, was
taken into custody on charges of arson and aggravated assault after he
wrecked out on Lufkin Avenue less than a mile from the Angelina County
At 8:45 p.m., officers were called to Ridge Street
where a man told them he walked outside to check on his barking dogs and
found an unknown Hispanic male setting fire to an old cabinet, sink,
The man told officers that he confronted the
suspect – later identified as Rodriguez – and Rodriguez told him they
burned him, so he was going to burn them. The man said Rodriguez then
poured gasoline on the man’s arm and struck a lighter
at him as if trying to set him on fire. He said Rodriguez then fled in a
A short time later, dispatch notified officers that
a van matching the suspect vehicle had just wrecked out on Lufkin
Avenue near the Loop 287 intersection. Officers arrived and took
Rodriguez into custody without further incident.
Rodriguez has been arrested in Angelina County 16
times on charges including assault/family violence, possession of a
prohibited weapon, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting
arrest, burglary of a habitation and criminal mischief.
He remained in the Angelina County Jail on a collective $200,000 bond as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
City of Lufkin