A woman who is suspected of setting her boyfriend's basement on fire has been arrested on charges of domestic violence related arson, assault and burglary. The Colorado Springs Police Department arrested Caja Gray on Sunday evening. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, 33-year-old Gray was booked into the El Paso County Jail where she was being held without bond.
The police department responded to a call late Saturday night that a house on W. Chucharras was on fire. When they arrived, their investigation revealed that Gray, the ex-girlfriend of the resident who lived at the home, had created an earlier disturbance there when she attempted to break in. When unable to break in, Gray assaulted the resident, who left to seek help. While the resident was gone, Gray allegedly started the fire in the basement and then fled the scene before officers arrived.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. Women account for 85 percent of domestic violence victims in the U.S., and less than a fifth of domestic violence victims who are injured by an intimate partner seek medical attention after the injury. The cost of intimate partner violence in the U.S. exceeds $5.8 billion per year, most of which is for direct medical and mental health services. Approximately 20 percent of the 1.5 million individuals who experience domestic violence each year obtain civil protection orders against their abusers.