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Stamford Tenant Threatens To Burn Home In Dispute Over $7,000 Back Rent

A tenant threatened to burn down a home on Arlington Road during a dispute with his landlord about the $7,000 in back rent the landlord said he owed, Stamford police said.
A tenant threatened to burn down a home on Arlington Road during a dispute with his landlord about the $7,000 in back rent the landlord said he owed, Stamford police said. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

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.

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