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A Lauderdale Lakes man was arrested for first-degree arson after he used a blowtorch to damage the front door of a neighbor’s apartment, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Robert Sisson, 34, of 2900 NW 48th Terrace Apt. 405 started a small fire with the blowtorch and a burned a hole through a screen and metal security gate of Apt. 402 at about 3:54 p.m. Tuesday, the BSO said.
The agency said Sisson, who was armed with a knife, attempted to get into the victim’s apartment, but fled down the stairwell after he noticed that someone had seen his fiery actions.
Soon thereafter Sisson used his knife to damage the passenger side of a blue 2004 Volvo parked in a communal space on the grounds of his apartment complex, the BSO said, causing about $500 in damage.
In addition to the arson charge, Sisson was charged with attempted armed burglary and felony criminal mischief, as the total damage to the car and the apartment exceeded $1,000, the BSO said.
Sisson was being held on $25,000 bond at the Broward County Main Jail Friday afternoon, according to online BSO records. It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.