Breaking up with a significant other can send one’s emotions flying high and ultimately lead to less-than-sensible actions, some of which can often be illegal. That’s exactly what a woman from Zhejiang, China recently set out to do, and was eventually arrested for renting her ex-boyfriend’s car with the sole purpose of racking up traffic violations.
The woman, who is identified in local reports simply as Lou, is accused of carrying out a revenge plot against her ex by renting his Audi via a car-sharing app for $124 (800 yuan) per day and running red lights a total of not one, two, but 49 times(!) over a two-day span.
According to police, Lou’s ex-boyfriend Qian had recently broken up with her to pursue another relationship. This infuriated Lou, sending her down the slippery path of revenge that eventually led to the weird vehicular conspiracy.
Authorities say a North Las Vegas woman angered because a friend showed up to a dinner date with only $5 in his pocket later set fire to the man’s apartment in an attempt to kill him.
Kimberly Marika Johnson, 43, was booked Tuesday at the Clark County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder and first-degree arson. The charges stem from an incendiary blaze authorities say was deliberately set at a North Las Vegas apartment in the early-morning hours of Oct. 11.
An arrest report released by North Las Vegas Justice Court had the address of the apartment complex blacked out. The reports described the residence where the fire occurred at a “two-story, multi-family apartment complex” in the city.
An investigator with the North Las Vegas Fire Department said in the report the fire started at 5:30 a.m. Johnson’s friend, who lived at the apartment, said he met with Johnson for dinner that morning at Jerry’s Nugget.
Had $5 on him
“During the course of the meal it was learned that he only had five dollars on him,” the investigator’s affidavit states. “An argument ensued. Ms. Johnson made (the friend) walk home.”
The man subsequently walked 2.5 miles back to the apartment. About 20 minutes later, Johnson arrived at the home and the man “heard a splashing sound on the window and front door,” the investigator said.
“He opened the front door just as Kimberly ignited the gas vapors,” the investigator wrote. “The front door and mat are fully engulfed in flames. (The man) slammed the burning front door shut. Kimberly then took a wooden handled hammer and started breaking out the front window of the bottom floor apartment.”
Woman accused of attacking man with blowtorch in Las Vegas
A transient has been charged with using a blowtorch to try and kill a man Sunday morning in central Las Vegas, according to police and court records.
A Las Vegas police arrest report for Jessica Zander, 33, indicates she was arrested at 4 a.m. in the 2200 block of Ash Avenue, near Eastern Avenue and Bonanza Road, after officers arrived to investigate a report of a recreational vehicle on fire. Outside the vehicle they found a man with a severely burned hand.
The victim told officers he was staying in the vehicle with Zander and that she had attacked him with a blowtorch.
“He woke up to the pain of his hand on fire and saw that Zander was also using the blowtorch to light the mattress on fire,” police said.
Victim said Zander is a transient who “is known to be mentally ill and aggressive,” according to the report.
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Maylien Doppert faces one count of murder with a deadly weapon in the death of 42-year-old James Dutter.
Officers and paramedics were called to a condominium complex at 4110 Sanderling Circle, near West Desert Inn Road and South Arville Street, on Nov. 24. They found Dutter on the ground, seriously injured, in a pool of blood. He had no sensation in his legs or his left arm, but he was conscious.
Dutter told police that the two were breaking up, and that he was packing his Mustang with his belongings when Doppert arrived. The couple started to argue, with Doppert accusing him of stealing her belongings. He said he initially avoided behing hit as Doppert drove her Mitsubishi Mirage at him, but Doppert ultimately reversed her car and struck him.