A man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his ex-girlfriend’s car and harassing him, according to court records.
Brandon L. Bollinger, 34, said he sent his ex-girlfriend numerous text messages from several phone numbers created online in an attempt to rekindle their relationship after it ended last summer. It is
According to documents filed in Spokane Superior Court, Bollinger was angry that the woman would not give him the non-working car that had been left on his property and threatened to destroy the car. He later told her that the vehicle had been damaged by a stranger.
Texting escalated in December when a woman received a message from an unknown number asking her to check on a new vehicle she had purchased.
“Your car will be incinerated as soon as you leave it alone. And you will always and forever have nothing in this lifetime,” said one message.
Bollinger continued to message the woman and even offered her money to spend time with him.
Court documents show the woman woke up on January 3 to put out flames in another vehicle purchased by the Spokane Fire Department. On January 12, she discovered that her Facebook account had been “hacked” and someone had sent “obscene” messages to her Facebook friends. She received more text messages from her unrecognizable number saying, “You should be tormented every single day.”
On January 13, her car again caught fire, according to court documents.
Police were able to contact Bollinger by tracing the phone number suspected to be used to access the victim’s Facebook account, the documents say.
Police found Bollinger and confirmed he had burns and soot marks on his face. He also admitted to harassing police and setting fire during a prison call to his mother.
Bollinger was arrested on January 14 on suspicion of first-degree arson, second-degree malicious pranking, first-degree computer burglary, and stalking. He was indicted on Tuesday.