San Antonio woman charged with arson after boyfriend’s home burns down

The woman was upset when another woman answered her boyfriend’s phone.

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Bexar County law enforcement responded to an arson call on the Far Southwest Side on Sunday. 

Bexar County law enforcement responded to an arson call on the Far Southwest Side on Sunday. 

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Bexar County deputies arrested a San Antonio woman on Monday, November 21, after she allegedly burned down her boyfriend’s Southwest Side home when a woman answered his phone. Senaida Soto, 23, has now been charged with arson and burglary for stealing several items from the boyfriend’s home, according to a news release. 

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Lytle Fire Department, and Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office responded to arson call in the 16000 block of Shepherd Road on the Far Southwest Side on Sunday, November 20 around 1:45 a.m. 

Soto reportedly broke into the boyfriend’s home after she became angry when she called him on FaceTime and another woman answered his phone. Soto allegedly recorded a video of several items piled on top of a couch that were lit on fire. That fire spread throughout the structure and caused $50,000 in damages. 

In this screenshot from a video allegedly taken by Soto, you can see items on top of a couch set on fire.

In this screenshot from a video allegedly taken by Soto, you can see items on top of a couch set on fire.

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Soto then sent a text to the boyfriend saying, “I hope your house is okay.”

It was later discovered that the woman who answered the boyfriend’s phone was his relative. The fire marshal’s office helped BCSO with the arson investigation that led to Soto’s arrest on Sunday. Soto’s bond was set at $165,000 for both charges and she was booked into the county jail, according to Bexar County court records. It’s not clear if Soto has been released but has a pre-trial hearing set in December. 

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