Volume 1 Number 24
June 14, 2004



Investigators with the state’s Division of State Fire Marshal and the Mascotte Police Department have arrested a local man for setting fire to the home of his ex-wife, while his three children and the woman were inside.  All escaped unharmed.

Investigators say Epifanio Rodriguez, 32, of Bocaciega Road in Mascotte, forced entry into the home and started a fire in the family room on fire while the children and their mother hid in another room.  Rodriguez was charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of 1st degree arson.  Rodriguez’s ex-wife and children escaped through a window and fled to a neighbor’s home.

Rodriguez was booked into the Lake County Jail, with no bond set.  If convicted, he faces 30 years in prison for each of the five charges.

The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON).