Man Tells WJLA Crew Covering Blaze, ‘I Set It On Fire’

By Kevin Eck 

Police didn’t have far to look to find the person who set a house on fire in Rockville, Maryland.

The suspect, Carlos Peralta, first approached a WJLA crew and told them, “Me! Me! I set it on fire.”

Before he confessed to police while the cameras were recording, Peralta answered a series of questions from WJLA.

Question #1: “How did you do it?”
“I just poured gasoline on the floor, set it on fire, went to grab a drink, and came back,” “Carlos” remarked without batting an eye.

Question #2: “How did setting this fire help you?”
“Just so you [the media] could get here … for your attention,” “Carlos” added.
The self-proclaimed arsonist went on to describe, what he considered to be, deplorable living conditions inside the home he says he torched. Police say “Carlos” was one of six people living inside the two-story structure.

Question #3: “Why didn’t you report the alleged deplorable conditions to police first?”
“I did. I did,” “Carlos” replied, adding no one took his complaints seriously.
Following his on-camera bombshell revelation, “Carlos” walked-up to two Rockville police officers, saying, “I set the house on fire.” A look of astonishment came over both officers’ faces.

Despite his honesty and sincerity, police put “Carlos” in handcuffs and escorted him to a nearby squad car. He was promptly taken to the Rockville Police Department for questioning.