|Carlos Peralta, having just confessed to arson to a TV|
reporter, reports his crime to surprised cops.
A reporter and photographer from television station WJLA was on the scene of a rip roaring arson fire in Rockville, Maryland when they started interviewing bystanders.
As you know, they always interview bystanders at fires.
The journalists knew it was an arson fire. Did anybody they were interviewing suspect who might have started the fire.
"Me! Me! I set it on fire," a guy named Carlos told our reporter.
Well, no self-respecting reporter would let that go without some follow up questions.
With the camera on, the reporter asked question Number 1: "How did you do it?"
Answer: "I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink and came back," Carlos replied nonchalantly.
Next question: "How did setting the fire help you?"
Answer: "Just so you (the media) could get here for your attention."
In turns out Carlos lived in the building and hated what he said was deplorable conditions in the structure.
A follow up question from WJLA: "Why didn't you report the alleged deplorable conditions to police first?"
Answer: "I did! I did!" However, Carlos said police didn't pay attention to him.
They sure did when the reporter and cameraman led Carlos to police at the scene of the fire. They were astonished by the confession, but of course handcuffed Carlos Peralta, 27 and booked him on arson charges.
He became decidedly less chatty once taken into custody, WJLA said.
The fire caused about $400,000 in damage