Elgin man charged with starting fire at ex-girlfriend's apartment building

ELGIN (STMW) - A northwest suburban man tried to set his ex-girlfriend’s apartment building on fire early Sunday morning, but was spotted while trying to pour more gasoline on the flames, according to police.

Elgin police were called about 1:10 a.m. Dec. 6 to an apartment building in the 600 block of Raymond Street, where the Elgin Fire Department has just put out a fire on the exterior of the structure, according to a statement from police.

A woman told police she had been sitting in her apartment and talking with a friend when she heard something outside. She looked out a window and “saw that the side of the residence was engulfed in flames,” police said.

She also saw her ex-boyfriend–19-year-old Luis Gil-Carreto–standing near the flames. He then ran to the front of the building and “picked up a plastic jug,” police said. The woman called his name and he ran away.

Police found a man matching his description a few blocks away, and he ran when he saw the officers. He was captured after a short foot chase, positively identified as Gil-Carreto, and taken in to custody, police said.

Evidence technicians found two bottles of gasoline in front of the building, and video from a nearby gas station showed Gil-Carreto filling two jugs and a glass bottle with gas just before the fire, police said.

Gil-Carreto was charged with aggravated arson-knowing people to be present; and residential arson. He was ordered held on a $200,000 bond.

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