Kristina Romo (Photo credit: Union City Police)

Kristina Romo (Photo credit: Union City Police)

Suspect Arrested For Attempting To Burn Down a Union City Pre-School

June 15, 2018 - 2:48 pm

UNION CITY (KCBS Radio) - Officers Tuesday arrested a woman on suspicion of unsuccessfully trying to burn down a Union City pre-school in a case that may be linked to a later successful pre-school arson in Newark, police said.

Officers arrested Kristina Romo, 39, of Union City, at her home Tuesday on suspicion of attempted arson at the Union City Safari Kid pre-school November 27, according to police. Romo is now in custody at Santa Rita Jail. 

Romo allegedly unsuccessfully attempted to light a Molotov cocktail at a Union City Safari Kid pre-school during Thanksgiving weekend, police said.

Alleged Newark Arsonist
(Photo credit: Newark Police)

Safari Kid supplied Union City police with surveillance video, which was released to the public. An anonymous caller saw the video and gave police a tip that led them to Romo, according to police.

In a similar case, a fire described by fire officials as suspicious broke out at the Safari Kid pre-school at 34899 Newark Boulevard in Newark May 26, during Memorial Day weekend, according to fire officials.

Firefighters arrived and found the odor of gasoline, fire officials said. The fire remained at one alarm and firefighters were able to extinguish it in five minutes. Multiple rooms sustained fire and water damage but no one was injured, according to fire officials.

"We believe there is probably a connection - two at the same school, in broad daylight, over a holiday," said Newark police Capt. Chomnan Loth.

Newark and Union City police worked together on the cases. Romo's Tuesday arrest was on suspicion of attempted arson in Union City and the Newark case remains open, Loth said.

"We have interviewed her and received a statement," Loth said. "We are actively investigating our case. We are making sure our investigation is complete."

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