HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Police arrested a man three years after he allegedly started a fire at a Long Island home.
Christful Fouse, of Hempstead, was taken into custody Saturday and faces charges of arson, assault and reckless endangerment.
Police allege Fouse, 35, was involved in a dispute with another man regarding money on June 30, 2016.
As a result of the argument, Fouse poured a fluid on the victim’s couch and ignited the furniture, according to police.
The fire spread, and the house became engulfed in flames.
The victim’s 12-year-old niece was sleeping on the second floor and was forced to jump from a second floor window to escape, police said.
She suffered an ankle injury.
Police located Fouse Saturday and placed him under arrest.