Alleged Hate Crime Victim in Texas Charged with Burning Down His Own House

SAN JACINTO COUNTY, Texas — A Texas man who claimed racist graffiti was placed on his home has been charged with arson. Two men, including a family member, were killed in the fire, and another was seriously injured.

A San Jacinto County grand jury has returned a true indictment against Waterwood resident Mario Roberson, Sheriff Greg Capers told Breitbart Texas on Tuesday. A grand jury indicted Roberson on felony arson charges following a Texas Fire Marshal’s Office investigation into the June 10 fire that killed two people and seriously injured one.

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told Breitbart Texas that no warrant for Roberson’s arrest has yet been issued. “We can’t do anything until there’s a warrant,” Capers explained. “The best thing Roberson could do would be to turn himself in.”

Roberson claimed graffiti containing racial slurs was sprayed on his home earlier this year, KTRK ABC 13 report.

“Racism, power, hunger and money got us here,” Roberson told ABC13 on the day of the fire in June. Before that, KTRK interviewed Roberson on racist graffiti. Roberson claimed someone spray-painted a racist slur on her door, saying, “We don’t like people like you.”

Roberson claimed the Waterwood Property Owners Association was responsible for the attack. He said there is an ongoing dispute over short-term rentals in the subdivision.

KTRK reported:

ABC13 obtained body-worn camera footage from law enforcement at the scene of the fire on June 10th.

In it, Roberson told authorities, “I got a call from my neighbor. I kept hearing the phone ringing. She said, ‘Mario, your house is on fire.’ She was playing, she thought. She said, “It’s your truck.” I came here and I didn’t expect to see this… Actually, when this happened, I was like, y’all, this racist thing sprayed on my door. I know you heard about stuff. ”

Neighbors said the man who survived the fire came out engulfed in flames. He drove the truck away from the scene and then crashed into a ditch. San Jacinto County deputies found him.

“I stepped on gas,” the man who suffered burns told a deputy. “I’m burnt out.”

When the deputy asked what happened, the man said: I’m from Houston. This guy asked me to take him to Huntsville…someone wanted to work on the numbers for the house. ”

Roberson faces a felony charge of first-degree arson. If convicted of this charge, he could be sentenced to five to 99 years in a Texas prison.

bob price He is an associate editor and senior news contributor on the Breitbart Texas Border Team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team.Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston What is your point? sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.