Man held after estranged wife's car burns

2013-02-03T00:03:00Z Man held after estranged wife's car burnsKimberly Matas Xxxxxxxxx Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson man was arrested on multiple charges Friday, including stalking, after someone set fire to a car belonging to his estranged wife.

A vehicle explosion was reported at about 12:45 a.m. Friday at an apartment near North Harrison Road and East Broadway. No one was injured and Tucson Fire Department crews extinguished the blaze, Sgt. Chris Widmer of the Tucson Police Department said in a press release.

In December, the woman who owns the car had obtained an order of protection against her husband, Fernando Rodriguez, 30.

After the order was served, he sent multiple threatening text messages and "videos portraying violence to the victim," Widmer said. "He also used GPS information obtained from the victim's cellphone to follow her."

A search of his home turned up firearms, which were a violation of the protection order.

The arson is still under investigation, but Rodriguez was booked into the Pima County jail on suspicion of one felony count of domestic violence-stalking, 21 felony counts of domestic violence-aggravated harassment and one misdemeanor count of violation of a court order.

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