- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A woman suspected of starting a fire that injured eight people in a suburban Denver apartment building wanted to kill her ex-girlfriend’s new lover, police wrote in court documents released Monday.

Naomi Almodovar, 23, was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson and domestic violence. A judge on Monday ordered her held in the Arapahoe County jail on $1 million. She was appointed a public defender, but it was unclear who would be assigned her case.

Almodovar’s ex-girlfriend told authorities that, months earlier, she had mentioned wanting to burn down the Copper Terrace Apartments to make sure that her new boyfriend was “taken out,” according to the documents. Almodovar thought her ex-girlfriend had cheated on her with the man.

In April, Almodovar was charged with domestic violence after police said she barged into the man’s apartment in search of her former girlfriend. Police said she slammed into his car as she drove off and later sent her ex-girlfriend a text message saying she would destroy everything that she would ever love, the documents say.

A friend of Almodovar’s told police that he helped her put gasoline in a can on June 22, the day before the fire.

Almodovar spoke of “making someone pay,” the friend told police, according to the documents. Her mother told investigators that Almodovar uses drugs and has been consumed by self-pity since her breakup.

Eight people were injured in the fire. To escape the flames, some people jumped from balconies, while others used a rope made out of sheets to slide down onto a mattress in the back of a pickup truck.

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