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Arson charge for burning photo albums

Posted 11/18/22

A 50-year-old man has been charged with arson after setting his ex-companion's photo albums and yearbooks on fire.

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Arson charge for burning photo albums

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ROME — A 50-year-old man has been charged with arson after setting his ex-companion's photo albums and yearbooks on fire, according to the Rome Police Department.

Police said Julio J. Rios, of Rome, got into an argument and made threats towards his companion in Rome on Nov. 7 and 8. The woman was granted an order of protection against Rios, and it was served on him by a police officer on Nov. 9. After the officer left the scene, police said the woman discovered Rios in the backyard burning several of her photo albums and yearbooks. The woman reported the burning to the police station the following day.

Shortly before 11 a.m. on Thursday, police said Rios went to the woman's place of work, in violation of the order of protection. The woman locked herself in an office to avoid him and called 911.

Rios was taken into custody on one count each of fifth-degree arson, fourth-degree mischief and second-degree contempt, authorities stated. He was arraigned at Rome City Court and was released on his own recognizance.

At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police said Rios went back to the woman's place of work to collect his vehicle. Police said Rios lingered in the parking lot for about 15 minutes, again in violation of the order of protection. He was taken into custody for the second time on Thursday on an additional count of second-degree contempt.

Rios is scheduled to return to City Court.

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