Who is Pablo Patino? Arson suspect in custody after climbing out of burning home

Authorities say, Pablo Patino , the man accused of deliberately setting fire to a house earlier this week while his divorced wife, stepdaughter, and several other family members were inside, was arrested on Thursday following a SWAT standoff in the Spring neighborhood. Let’s see about it in detail.


Who is Pablo Patino?

According to authorities, Pablo Patino set fire to his wife’s N Houston home on Tuesday. He was taken into custody on Thursday after setting his Spring home on fire during a standoff.

On the east side of the Hardy Toll Road, in a community off Cypresswood Drive, Patino’s home is where the standoff took place. According to authorities, the standoff began at 2:00 pm.

Authorities claim that Patino ignited a fire inside the home a few hours later when a robot discovered him in the attic.

Thomas Gilliland, with HCSO, said,

“The robot went up to try to open a door that was in the attic. He was seen by the operators on the video and the fire had already started behind him.”

Patino was taken into custody, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, at about 5:40 p.m. When he reached the ground, he was swiftly apprehended by law enforcement after being seen jumping out of a window on the second floor.

Authorities claimed Patino never communicated with mediators during the long standoff, and they are unsure of his specific method of igniting the fire.

They claimed that despite their best efforts, he refused to leave until the flames became unbearable.

According to the officials, he was transferred to a hospital to receive treatment for any possible wounds. Patino exited the garage through a window. As Patino fell, law enforcement officers’ laser sights could be seen on his body.

Gilliland said,

“He tried to flee, at one time, back into the house, but we stopped him and took him back into custody,” 

“Couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. It makes you proud that you don’t have a situation that turned very tragic.”


Fire Officials statement

According to the fire department, it was more difficult to put out the fire because there was an armed suspect inside the home. Before firemen can enter a blazing residence, they stated they must make sure the scene is secure for them.

Although they were unable to enter the burning house, they claimed to have taken all necessary precautions to safeguard the nearby residences.

The house owned by Patino is a total loss, but no other houses were harmed, and there were no other recorded injuries.

Spring Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Schoonover said,

“The ladder truck was the first one on scene. We were able to start cooling the fire down while he was still inside so nobody was put in harm’s way.” 


Beginning of the standoff

The authorities claim that Patino’s wife planned to take some clothing from the house on Lotus Blossom on Thursday because she believed her estranged husband was out of town.

She requested that constable officers accompany her to the residence just in case Patino was there because he was still not in custody.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Captain Vicente Medina said,

“We knew who he was. We knew how violent he was.”

The constable deputies checked the house when they arrived to make sure it was free. At that point, they claimed to have seen Patino walking down a hallway.

He allegedly fled to a bedroom in the back and informed the authorities there that he was armed. According to officials, the constable deputies asked for backup and exited the house without trouble right away.

Previous Incidents

Authorities asserted that Patino, 27, deliberately set fire to his ex-north wife’s Houston home on Tuesday. His wife, her daughter, and four other family members were inside at the time, according to the officials.

According to officials, as his wife escaped the blazing house, Patino attempted to run her over with a car. On Mortimer Drive, close to Antoine Drive and the Sam Houston Tollway, it happened at roughly 3:30 in the morning.

In an attempt to hide himself, according to family members, Patino shaved his facial hair before starting six fires around the residence. Logan Saldana, the brother of Patino’s ex-wife, claimed he attempted to extinguish the flames using a fire extinguisher but failed. According to him, the family left by the back door.

Officials claim that Patino fled after starting the flames.

Logan Saldana, the victim’s brother, was using a fire extinguisher to try to put out the fire when he heard his sister screaming.

Saldana said,

“I heard her say, ‘What’s going on?’ and he drove off.”

“I heard the car screech off, do a doughnut and he came and hit her with the car and drove off.”

In a previous incident, Precinct 4 officers said that Patino was taken into custody for assault the day after Christmas. The same day, he was released under bond.

Charges against Patino

According to court documents, he is accused of aggravated assault, violating a protection order, and setting a dwelling on fire in relation to the event.

Constable Mark Herman said,

“Pablo Patino will be booked into the Harris County Jail for his felony arrest warrants after he is released from the hospital and charged with terroristic threats against police officers,”

“Additional charges of arson are pending the outcome of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s investigation.” 


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Family violence and domestic abuse charges have becoming alarmingly more frequent in Houston.

For fear of being judged, helpless, or ashamed, victims frequently endure their suffering in quiet.

Here are a few discrete methods to ask for assistance if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

Domestic violence victims can reach the Houston Area Women’s Center at 713-528-2121 or 1-800-256-0551, which is monitored around-the-clock.

You can also access the Family Time Crisis Center around-the-clock at 281-446-2615.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Text START to 88788 to reach the crisis text line.


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