STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford tenant who owes about $7,000 to his landlord threatened to burn the house down if the landlord continued to ask for the back rent, police said.
Police were called to 22 Arlington Road at 2 p.m. Sunday by the landlord after a dispute with the first floor tenant, Sgt. Kelly Connelly said.
The landlord asked the tenant when he would pay the back rent, which stretched back over a period of three years, Connelly said.
However, the two got into a heated argument and the tenant told the landlord, "if you try to come back here looking for the rent I will burn the house down," Connelly said.
The landlord called police. During the investigation, officers found a painter working at the residence who overheard the comment, Connelly said.
Travis Lowery, 53, of 22 Arlington Road, is charged with second-degree threatening.
He was released on a promise to appear in court. His court date was not available.
The landlord is in the process of evicting the tenant, Connelly said.