Arsonist targets neighborhood cars

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Someone is torching cars in southeastern New Mexico.

At least nine cars have been set on fire in Roswell in the last four months.

Roswell fire officials said someone set three separate cars on fire in three different neighborhoods last week.

Investigators said each of the cars were torched in the middle of the night.

“As far as the type of fires, what’s been involved, motor vehicles, and the time, there’s all some similarities tied there,” said Roswell Fire Deputy Chief Devin Graham.

Chris Molina’s car was scorched Sunday morning.

“I just stopped and then I panicked,” said Molina. “I got water, then I realized I couldn’t put it out myself, so I went and called 911.”

Now, Molina’s Dodge Neon is nothing but ash.

So is Elisha Mondragon’s Ford Mustang.

“I was scared because I thought the car was going to blow up, so I pushed the kids back and then the fire department came and my car was gone,” said Mondragon.

Mondragon said she found her car in flames around 3 a.m. in early February.

“We had just went shopping and all my kids clothing were back there, brand new, and they can’t even wear them,” she said. “I don’t have much and they took everything.”

Police said they’re trying to track down any suspects.

“I just hope whoever did it is caught and realizes what he took from families,” said Mondragon.

The Roswell Fire Department said all nine cars have been set on fire between midnight and 3 a.m.

They wouldn’t say how each car was ignited. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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