Baraboo man charged with arson allegedly told police he lit a woman’s car on fire because he doesn’t like her.

Anthony Joseph Mayes

Mayes

An officer was called to a Walnut Street address the night of Jan. 27 for report of someone lighting papers on fire in a vehicle.

According to a criminal complaint, the officer saw a smoking vehicle with visible flames on the driver’s side of the interior. He spotted a man walking away from a car.

Police later spoke with the man, identified as 21-year-old Anthony Joseph Mayes, and he allegedly admitted to setting the fire.

“Anthony said that (the woman) does not like him for some reason,” the complaint states. “Anthony advised that he attempted to light (the woman)’s vehicle on fire because he does not like her.”

When the first attempt didn’t take, Mayes allegedly came back a second time to try again, and that’s when officers spotted him.

An officer reported that he could see two charred and smoldering holes about 3 to 4 inches in length on the driver’s side seat. The car smelled of burned plastic, and was filled with smoke, according to the officer.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Mayes with felony arson and misdemeanor property damage. The felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 42 months.

Mayes was arrested and has been released on a $1,500 signature bond. He is due to appear in court March 9.

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