Baker man accused of cutting fuel line, threatening to burn down victim's house
BAKER - Police say they arrested a man after he was accused of cutting the fuel line on the victim’s vehicle and threatening to kill the victim’s family.
22-year-old Antonio Profit was booked on charges of stalking, communicating false information of planned arson, criminal damage to property, simple burglary, criminal trespassing and improper telephone communication after his arrest on Thursday.
Investigators say Profit went onto the victim’s property in the 3200 block of Byron Street on Feb. 1, forced his way into the victim’s pickup truck and cut bundles of wiring underneath the dashboard. Police said Profit then contacted the victim via text message, threatening to shoot the victim with an AK-47 and admitting to cutting wires on the victim’s vehicle.
On Feb. 8, the victim reported smelling the strong odor of gasoline coming from inside his truck while it was parked at his residence. The victim told police that he located a gasoline-soaked rag underneath the driver’s seat of the truck. He removed the rag, but later discovered that the fuel line had been severed, causing gasoline to spray all over the engine compartment.\
Profit again contacted the victim, this time threatening to burn down the victim’s house with his family inside and also saying he would rape his wife, according to BRPD.
Police said Profit went onto the property again on Feb. 14, breaking into another vehicle owned by the victim and causing the alarm to activate. The victims told police that they saw Profit flee into the darkness after the alarm went off. Profit later texted the victim again, admitting to stealing some CDs from inside the vehicle as well as making more threats to the safety of the victim and his family.
Investigators noted that Profit is also a suspect in numerous other pending cases that involve charges of peeping tom, vehicle burglary, terrorizing and criminal damage to property.