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Vegas man charged in arson targeting ex

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Salvador Hernandez (LVMPD) Salvador Hernandez (LVMPD)

A Las Vegas man was charged with two counts of attempted murder and could face up to 15 more counts after a fire at an apartment complex over the weekend.

Las Vegas Metro police released details behind the arrest of Salvador Hernandez in connection to a reported arson in the 1700 block of East Karen Avenue.

According to police, Hernandez's ex-girlfriend, Carolyn Wilkinson, resided at an apartment there and had a no contact order issued against him.

In an interview with Wilkinson, police stated in an arrest report that Hernandez had broken into her apartment before with an ax and threatened to kill her and a friend. Police said, in the report, that Hernandez was able to escape arrest by breaking through a wall with an ax.

Wilkinson, though, told police since she did not have a temporary restraining order against Hernandez, Metro could not do anything about keeping him away.

She told police he had physically assaulted her in other past incidents.

Wilkinson told police he was jailed until Feb. 5, and since then, he began harassing her on the phone.

On Sunday, Wilkinson, in the report, told police her doorbell was ringing and her front door and bedroom window was being knocked. About 6 a.m., a crashing noise was heard on the patio and Wilkinson's 16-year-old son alerted her of a fire, according to the report. Wilkinson attempted to find a fire extinguisher but instead fled with her son and a friend who had been staying the night there, according to the report. Wilkinson contacted police shortly after.

According to police, the fire resulted in extensive damage to eight of 16 units at the apartment building. Arson investigators reported heavy damage to Wilkinson's patio and confirmed the fire was deliberately set. At least one person had to be rescued and about 15 people had to flee from the scene.

"I really sympathize with the families. Not just hers but look at all the other units that were burned because of that," neighbor L. Noble said.

Another wished to remain anonymous but said he can't believe this could happen. "I feel really bad for them and the families that have been inconvenienced because of a situation that shouldn't have happened any way."

Police stated in the report through interviews with Wilkinson and her neighbor that Hernandez is a probable suspect in the fire.

Police also were able to catch up with Hernandez, whom arranged to meet with Wilkinson's neighbor after bumping into each other nearby following the fire, according to the arrest report.

In the report, police showed Hernandez the fire scene.

"It looked bigger," Hernandez was stated as saying while observing the damage in the arrest report.

"You are not going to show me her body?" he was stated asking.

During his detainment, police reported Hernandez spontaneously uttering things like, "If someone dies in the fire, God help me." He, though, denied involvement in the fire, according to police.

Police also said Hernandez had an empty matchbook and a lighter in his possession at the time of his booking at Clark County Detention Center.

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