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Florida man allegedly set fire to car belonging to his girlfriend — who is also his cousin

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A Florida man is accused of setting a car on fire belonging to his girlfriend – who is also his cousin.

Melvin Alain Cintron, 37, was arrested by officers with the Miami-Dade Police Department on Wednesday for allegedly torching a car belonging to his cousin/lover.

Cintron was caught on a surveillance camera setting fire to a Jaguar XE sedan belonging to his cousin turned girlfriend parked in front of a residence in North Miami on April 29, according to the arrest report obtained by WPLG. Investigators claim Cintron left a cell phone behind at the alleged crime scene.

However, detectives reportedly were having difficulty interviewing the woman about the car set ablaze.

The woman purportedly misled investigators initially by saying her car caught fire while she was driving home because she feared retribution by Cintron. The woman allegedly told investigators at a later time that whenever they called, Cintron made her put the phone on speaker.

When the woman was finally able to speak freely with investigators, she told them that she feared for her life because Cintron owns a fully automatic gun with a double-drum high-capacity magazine.

She accused Cintron of stealing her purse, which had multiple valuables, including $1,200 in cash.

The woman said she was abandoned by Cintron at a Miami shopping center because he reportedly got enraged when he suspected a bartender of flirting with his cousin.

Officers with the Miami-Dade Police Department obtained a warrant and arrested Cintron at gunpoint outside a business in Hialeah.

Cintron, of Hollywood, Florida, faces charges of second-degree arson and third-degree grand theft.

Cintron remained in custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center as of Thursday afternoon. He is being held on a $12,500 bond.

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