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Arsonist arrested in Virginia after allegedly skipping town


A man who pled guilty nearly two years ago to torching a Niederwald trailer house was arrested in Richmond, Va. today after skipping a November court hearing.

Johnathan Rene Komjati, 24, is awaiting extradition to Texas at the Pamunkey Regional Jail in Ashland, Va., said U.S. Deputy Marshal Hector Gomez, who supervises the agency’s San Antonio-based Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

According to court records, Komjati pled guilty to first-degree felony arson in April 2012, less than six months after investigators said he and his girlfriend set fire to a home in the 200 block of Kai Vista Drive as part of an apparent attempt to fraudulently collect insurance money.

Initially sentenced to a five year suspended prison sentence with deferred adjudication, Komjati’s punishment was reopened later under 22nd State District Judge Charles Ramsay, and then under his successor Bruce Boyer, court records show.

Boyer issued a bench warrant for Komjati’s arrest on Dec. 4, nine days after he did not show up for a hearing. Law enforcement officers determined he traveled to Virginia where he was arrested today, about a month and a half after his flight.