Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:30 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 6:44 PM
ROBSTOWN - Here's a story that sounds like a movie plot. Police in Robstown have arrested a man they say tried to hire someone to burn his house down.
Police say local barber, Jose Avalos, offered to pay a man named Adrian Abrego $150 to burn down his house and his car, all for insurance money.
Police say an informant tipped them off about the two men's plan, and that's when police convinced Abrego to work with them.
According to Avalos's arrest warrant, Abrego wore an audio/video recorder during several meetings he had with Avalos where the two men discussed the plan.
Police say they have recorded conversations between the two men where Avalos tells Abrego how to burn down the house.
The document says that Avalos "suggested throwing gasoline up in the attic and using a heater to start up the fire".
An escape was also planned.
The document reads, "Avalos told Abrego he could jump the back fence and run down the alley where he (Avalos) would be waiting to pick him up".
But when 6 News spoke to Avalos, he said the claims were false. When we asked him about the recorded conversations police say they have, Avalos said they never happened.
"I've been living here almost 65 years. 50 years of cutting hair. You think I work pretty hard to burn down my own s***?" Avalos asked.
As for Adrian Abrego, we asked Robstown police what was going to happen to him, but they could not tell us at this time.
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