What provoked Neomi Rodriguez to burn her own home is unknown. What the deputies of Lakeside do know is that they were called on Tuesday afternoon to respond to fire in a home at the 13200 block of Lakeview Granada.
A 74-year-old victim, Kazuko Martinez, told the deputies that her daughter, Neomi Rodriguez, with whom she shares the house, set the fire intentionally. When interviewed, the neighbors confirmed that Rodriguez was trying to force her mother into the burning house also.
The deputies arrested Rodriguez during the investigation after questioning and booked her into jail on four felony counts. She is held with a bail set at $150,000 and is to appear in El Cajon Superior Court on Friday, January 4.
This was not the first time Rodriguez has been in trouble with the law. According to the court records, Martinez filed a domestic violence case in August against her daughter. In the restraining order, Martinez wrote that her daughter was being verbally abusive to her. “She approached me, inches from my face, screaming at me,” Martinez wrote. “Today, she had a hammer in her hand.” Two weeks after filing the restraining order, however, Martinez asked to withdraw it.
Both the mother and the daughter received treatment for non-life threatening injuries according to Sgt. Curt Goldberg. The firefighters got the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
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