Sioux Falls man arrested for setting girlfriend's car, house on fire, police say

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A home on the 800 block of N. Savannah Drive in eastern Sioux Falls was damaged in a fire Monday morning.
A home on the 800 block of N. Savannah Drive in eastern Sioux Falls was damaged in a fire Monday morning.

A man has been charged with setting fire to a car and a house on Monday morning that belongs to a woman he was in a relationship with, Sioux Falls police said.

Ahmed Amir Mohamed, 21, of Sioux Falls, was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Monday on the 3000 block of S. Louise Avenue, according to police spokesman Sam Clemens.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded around 2:30 a.m. Monday to the 800 block of N. Savannah Drive for a vehicle fire. Law enforcement officials found a gasoline container near the car that led them to suspect arson, Clemens said.

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Vehicle damaged after a fire in front of a home at the 800 block of N. Savannah Drive on Monday, January 24, 2022.
Vehicle damaged after a fire in front of a home at the 800 block of N. Savannah Drive on Monday, January 24, 2022.

The car's owner believed Mohamed was behind the fire. The two were in a relationship, Clemens said.

Hours later at around 7 a.m. another container believed to be a Molotov cocktail was thrown though a window into the house at the 800 block of N. Savannah Drive, Clemens said.

The living room was set on fire, Clemens said. Seven people including a one month-old girl were in the home and were able to evacuate. Police found the remains of the container used to set the house on fire.

Suspect reported fire to police, documents say

According to court documents, the victim had a disagreement with Mohamed over living arrangements and moved to the home on N. Savannah Drive.

Mohamed was not found after his girlfriend said she suspected him of the car fire. After setting the house on fire hours later, he called police and said, "I just set my (expletive) girlfriend's house on fire..." before hanging up, according to court documents.

Mohamed was charged with first-degree arson and held on a $100,000 bond at the Minnehaha County Jail.

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