Police say they were called to the home at 11:27 p.m. Wednesday after getting reports of a physical family disturbance. When officers arrived at the home, they found a woman suffering from injuries. The suspect already left the home. The woman was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge for treatment of her injuries.
Another family member was leaving the house just before 1 a.m. when they noticed the suspect’s car in the neighborhood. The family member called police who located the car and pulled it over. While they were talking to the suspect, who they identified as Olen Gist, another call came in about a fire at the same house where the dispute happened late Wednesday.
Firefighters battled the blaze but ultimately determined the home is a total loss. The family’s dog was killed in the fire.
While firefighters were battling the blaze, police say they searched Gist’s car and found evidence indicating he set the blaze. As a result, Gist was charged with arson, a second degree felony, and taken to the Travis County Jail where police say he confessed to the whole ordeal.
While they were dealing with him on the stop. The call for the structure fire came out,” said Lt. Ryan Phipps.
“It’s rediculous it’s crazy,” said Amir Emamin. He lives next door and said the engines didn’t have their sirens on so he didn’t wake up. In the morning he looked at an app called “Next Door” on his phone and saw neighbors talking about a fire on Wedding Dr. He walked outside and saw the damage.
“What blew my mind is the fact that again, it was right next door,” said Emamin.