A man was arrested and charged with arson after he allegedly set his former boss’s Dodge Caravan on fire, according to an affidavit for arrest.
Alan Ray Baker, 37, was arrested Sunday night by Killeen police. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown, and was being held in the Bell County Jail as of 5 p.m. Monday on $70,000 bond.
Killeen police detectives were working a robbery detail in the 700 block of Rancier Avenue when they saw a black sedan driving in the area without headlights. The detectives followed the car to see what the driver was doing.
When officers reached a parking lot, they saw Baker standing between his sedan and a Dodge Caravan, according to an affidavit for arrest.
Detectives said they saw Baker move back and forth between the two cars before he jumped into the sedan and drove away. As he drove off, a large flame came from the gas cap of the Caravan, police said.
Baker led police on a car chase that ended when he crashed into another vehicle, police said. He then tried to run away, but was stopped by officers.
Police met with the owner of the Caravan, who said he knew Baker and had terminated his employment earlier that day, according to the affidavit.
The Caravan had a rag shoved into the gas cap area and was lit on fire, police said.
Baker was also charged with evading arrest.
In an unrelated case, Seveon Davote Thompson, 18, was arraigned on a charge of aggravated robbery. He was being held in the Bell County Jail on a $70,000 bond.