Midwest City woman is accused of trying to set ex-girlfriend's house on fire

Debra Meeks, 27, of Midwest City, was arrested Monday on complaints of arson, domestic violence in the presence of a minor, assault and battery and destruction of private property. Oklahoma City police said when officers pulled Meeks over on Broadway Extension her son was in the vehicle.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: June 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm •  Published: June 24, 2013

A Midwest City woman was arrested after attempting to set her ex-girlfriend's house on fire early Monday, Oklahoma City police said.

Debra Meeks, 27, was arrested on complaints of arson, domestic violence in the presence of a minor, assault and battery and destruction of private property. She also is being held on two Cleveland County warrants.

Police were called about 12:40 a.m. Monday to the 1300 block of NW 102 by a woman who said her ex-girlfriend poured gasoline on her house and tried to ignite it, according to the incident report.

The responding officer said he smelled a strong odor of gasoline and found a gasoline container next to the front door.

The victim told the officer that Meeks assaulted her and tried to burn down her house. She said they had been in a relationship and broke up about a month ago.

The woman said Meeks broke a glass window and cut herself, then left and returned with a gasoline container. After dousing the house, Meeks grabbed the woman by the hair through the window and tried to light the gasoline with a lighter, the woman told the officer.

The woman broke free, and Meeks fled, officers were told. Officers pulled Meeks over on Broadway Extension near Hefner Road with her son in the vehicle, according to the report.

According to court documents, Meeks was convicted of child abuse in 2011.

She was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and was being held without bond, jail officials said Monday.

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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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