WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $100,000 for a man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend then setting fire to her home in West Ashley Saturday afternoon.
Authorities charged Vantrez Grant with third-degree arson and criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. Deputies responded to an apartment on Hillside Drive Saturday afternoon in reference to a fire.
An affidavit states that Grant and the victim were having an argument when Grant hit the victim in the face with a closed fist multiple times. Deputies say when the victim left the residence, Grant reportedly sent several threatening text messages to her that he was going to burn all of her things.
An incident report states that Grant then texted the woman stating he was burning her house and then sent a photo of the residence on fire.
"He tried to put it out. Evidentially he was just setting something of hers on fire and tried to put it out and it didn't work out obviously," said Chris Harken, who lives across from the apartment that burned.
"I just screamed out there's nothing in there worth going in there for. It was just too bad, and he walked away," said neighbor Marylou Rivera.
St Andrews Fire and James Island Fire responded and they along with Charleston County Detectives began an investigation into the fire. As a result of the investigation, Grant was arrested.
According to investigators, Grant confessed and gave a written statement that he set the fire. Grant has been convicted before for charges of disturbing schools, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, forgery, burglary and grand larceny.