A 42-year-old woman pleaded not guilty today to trying to set a Dana Point lingerie store on fire -- by torching gifts an ex-boyfriend bought her at the shop.
Jennifer Renee Colwell of Dana Point is charged with felony arson of
About 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, a sheriff's deputy saw the attempted arson at
34183 Pacific Coast Highway, according to Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Colwell allegedly put items her ex-boyfriend bought for her at the store into a pillowcase, then soaked it with gas before setting it ablaze and hurling it at the business, Amormino said.
"She was apparently distraught over a failed relationship,'' Amormino
said. "Luckily the deputy was right there because the flames hit six feet
Orange County Fire Authority firefighters doused the blaze before it
could spread beyond some bushes, Amormino said.
Colwell was set to return to court Oct. 12 for a pretrial hearing.
--City News Service