A man’s violent crime rampage ended when an armed civilian held him at gunpoint until police arrived, KXAS-TV reported.
Police in Grand Prairie, Texas, said the killer murdered his ex-girlfriend and set her home on fire in the 2900 block of Hastings Drive. He then drove to a nearby nail salon, assaulted another woman and attempted to set the business on fire.
What did the civilian do?
But a good samaritan with a concealed weapons carry permit put an end to the crime spree.
"He held the suspect at gunpoint while this individual had a gun himself. Had he not been there, there is no telling what could have happened. We are in his debt and very grateful for him taking action when he did," assistant chief Daniel Scesney told KXAS.
After leaving the home of Chi Pham in the 2900 block of Hastings, the killer drove to a nail salon about a mile away in the 5100 block of Magna Carta Boulevard, the report states.
He went inside the salon and pistol-whipped a woman before trying to burn down the building, according to the report. Police said he specifically targeted both women.
What were the criminal charges?
The killer and Pham recently ended their romantic relationship, police said. They also had worked together at the salon in the past. The killer was arrested on murder, aggravated assault and arson charges.
Pham was a single mom with two children. She also was caring for her sister’s three children after their mother died from cancer, KXAS reported. All of the children are now staying with Pham’s mother.
"She's a very good person, hard working woman. I just can't believe this is happening to her," Lon Vo, a friend of Pham told the TV station. "When I called I just heard the kids crying in the background. It's just devastating."
Multiple law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate.