CHINO — A 28-year-old man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s car.
Carlos Allen Alexander is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend after their breakup in October, with his actions culminating Jan. 13 in the alleged torching of the 27-year-old woman’s car.
Alexander has pleaded not guilty to arson, and he is next due Tuesday in Chino Superior Court for a preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors must present evidence for the case to proceed to trial.
Alexander has two strike convictions, so he could face a prison sentence of 25 years to life if convicted of arson.
Alexander remains jailed in lieu of $625,000 bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
According to a police report contained in his court file, Alexander continuously called and sent text messages to his ex-girlfriend, and often came uninvited to her apartment in the 13000 block of Ramona Avenue in Chino.
“He is always telling her that he loves her and asks why she won’t take him back,” the police report says.
His ex-girlfriend and another witness told police Alexander was lurking outside the woman’s apartment complex the evening of Jan. 12, in the hours before her car was torched.
The woman told police that when she came home from work at about 6 p.m., her patio screen door and storage shed door were open, as if someone tried to break into her apartment.
She later opened her front door and saw Alexander nearby. She told police they made eye contact but did not speak, and she went inside and closed the door.
Over the next several hours, Alexander called his ex-girlfriend numerous times and asked her to let him into her apartment. She said she refused each time.
At 11:30 p.m., the woman said her doorbell rang, but she was in bed and did not answer the door because she feared it was Alexander.
About 45 minutes later, the woman’s car was torched.
A man who lives in the apartment complex told police he was walking in the parking lot and saw the woman’s car on fire.
He said he saw a man who matched Alexander’s description about 30 feet away from the car and walking away from it, according to the police report.
Chino police officers arrested Alexander at about 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at The Welcome Inn in Pomona, which is located at 4118 Mission Blvd.