Nelson Laron Williams, 24, of Anniston, was charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree arson, both felonies, according to a police report.
Anniston police Sgt. Chris Sparks said Williams attempted to break into his 28-year-old ex-girlfriend’s home Sunday around 11 p.m. Williams was trying to enter the woman’s home on the 300 block of East 13th Street through a bedroom window, Sparks said. The victim heard the window shatter and saw Williams looking in at her, the sergeant said.
Williams fled after the victim called police, according to Sparks.
Around 2 a.m., Williams returned and attempted to light on fire a mattress the victim had placed in front of the broken window, Sparks said.
“The house was not severely damaged,” Sparks said. “The fire was mainly contained to the mattress.”
Police were called and Williams fled again, according to Sparks.
A little after 3 a.m., Williams returned and painted obscenities on the victim’s front door using gold spray paint, the sergeant said.
Sparks said patrol officers searched for Williams and arrested him Monday morning on the 1700 block of Johnston Drive.
Several other crimes involving gold spray paint reportedly occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning. Two vehicles on the 1900 block of Rocky Hollow Road were spray painted with obscenities, Sparks said. A car on the 1700 block of Johnston Drive was reportedly vandalized, a police report shows. A car on the 1600 block of Acker Place was spray painted. Two vehicles on the 1500 block of Woodstock Avenue were also reportedly covered in gold spray paint, Sparks said.
“Each of these cases appears to possibly be related,” Sparks said.
The car vandalisms could result in six charges of second-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, according to police reports.
Williams was in the Anniston City Jail on Tuesday afternoon, Sparks said. Online court records show bond is set at $120,000. A court appearance for Williams is scheduled for June 10.
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