Teen Accused in Arson Apparently Set Fire to Wrong House
SHELBY, N.C. – A teenager, accused of torching a house in Shelby, apparently set fire to the wrong home.
Investigators say a disagreement with a girl led 18-year-old Zanden Cox to set the fire on Forest Hill Drive just before 5:00 Friday morning.
It turns out — he had the wrong house.
“This just happened to be, um, sort of a mistaken identity,” explains Shelby Police Chief Jeff Ledford.
Ledford says a woman inside awoke to the smell of smoke.
She and her boyfriend used a lamp to bust out a window and escape.
The woman and her boyfriend only had minor injuries – but a cat inside the house died.
Investigators think Cox may have been targeting the wrong home for awhile.
Earlier in the week, the victims told police they found a car tire slashed and threatening letters addressed to someone named “Donavan.”
At the time they thought it might be a joke.
Cox faces several charges including two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
A judge set his bond at $1 Million.