HOUSTON – A Harris County judge denied bail to the Hispanic accused of burning down his in-laws’ house and then, two days later, of doing the same in his own home in the middle of an operation in which tactical teams had to intervene police specials.
Pablo Patiño, 28, originally received a $4.5 million bail for the five charges against him after the incidents.
Patiño is charged with arson, aggravated assault and violation of a restraining order. He was also accused of committing a terrorist threat against law enforcement officers.
However, this Tuesday the judge denied him the possibility of being released on bail on the grounds that he would have committed other illegal behaviors after being accused in December of assaulting his wife, who testified this Tuesday in court.
Patiño, who worked as a systems engineer, was arrested after surrendering to the authorities after causing a strong fire at his home located in Spring, where he was allegedly going to meet his wife.
During the hearing, in addition to the testimony of Patiño’s wife, a video from a Ring camera was presented in which the defendant was supposedly seen burning down the house of his in-laws.
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