A Summersville woman and Cabool man each face a felony arson charge following a Texas County Sheriff’s Department investigation of a fire that burned a house to the ground Tuesday afternoon at Eunice. The crime was captured on video.
Dominique S. Hood, 24, of 21705 Grassy Road in Summersville, is charged with first-degree arson (a class B felony) and Bobby Cross, 42, of 14704 Dees Road in Cabool, is charged with first-degree arson (a class C felony) and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to a report seeking charges, a deputy responded at about 3:30 p.m. to a structure fire at 5230 Highway 17, near Highway TT. The officer contacted the homeowner, Howard Crane, who stated that neighbors had security cameras that might show who started the blaze.
The deputy contacted the neighbor and received consent to view video footage, which showed a white extended cab pickup enter the house’s driveway and two people get out. The two walked toward the house and back to the truck several times before leaving.
The officer reported that video showed smoke coming from the residence about 3 ½ minutes after the suspects left.
The officer spoke with personnel with the Summersville Fire Department and Crane who identified the truck as a Chevrolet 1500 that belonged to Cross. As deputies were traveling to Cross’ last known address, a truck matching the description was observed traveling southbound in front of TCSD patrol vehicles on Highway 137 about five miles south of Highway Y.
During subsequent questioning, different stories emerged. Hood told officers she entered the house, retrieved some personal belongings and set some clothing on fire on the back porch using a lighter Cross had given her to “set an example” to a man who lived there who had been “messing with her.”
She also stated that Cross had been “angering her” toward the other man and that he and Cross had a bad history.
Hood also reportedly said the first time she came back to the truck she told Cross the house was locked. She claimed no words were exchanged, but he handed her a lighter and she knew what he wanted her to do.
Cross reportedly told officers Hood set fire to the house using toilet paper in the bathroom and clothing in another room. He said he didn’t give Hood a lighter and that she had gotten it out of the truck herself.
Cross also claimed to not know what she had done until they pulled out of the driveway and she said the place was “about to go up in smoke.” He told officers he didn’t go back to see if anyone needed help and didn’t contact a fire department.
Hood and Cross are each held in the Texas County Jail on $250,000 bond.
EARLIER: The Summersville Fire Department was called at about 3 p.m. Tuesday to a structure fire at 5230 Highway 17, near Highway TT.
Departments from Clear Springs and Raymondville also were called. The last firefighters left the scene at about 6:15 p.m.
The fire is under investigation by the Texas County Sheriff’s Department.