AUSTIN (KXAN) – A 21-year-old man is in custody following a fire in a South Austin home that caused $100,000 in damage Wednesday night.
Firefighters were called to the 7200 block of Lake Charles Drive just before 7 p.m. Wednesday with reports a home was on fire.
A juvenile witness told fire officials he saw someone go into the open garage of the home with a hand held lighter and “ignite a poster he had pulled from the wall of the garage,” according to an arrest affidavit. The witness then said the suspect disappeared into the home and several minutes later he saw flames coming from the second-story window and the suspect running away from the home.
According to the court document, the witness said the suspect approached him and his mother asking if they had a tennis ball that he could use for a “stress relief device.” The juvenile’s mother told authorities she’s seen the man around the neighborhood but only knew him by his first name: Ronald. Another neighbor said the man known as “Ronald” had been living in a halfway house on Honeybee Bend but was recently kicked out and living in a shed on Orleans Drive, continued in the affidavit.
Detectives found Roland Leutwyler in the shed and arrested him on an arson charge. While in the patrol car, Leutwler said he started a small fire in the garage and that he had “been very depressed because his girlfriend had broken up with him.”