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Man arrested for burning tenant's clothes over missing pills

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 18:43:39-04

A woman renting a room from a man on Hunter Boulevard in Golden Gate claims that her landlord sent her a video of him burning a pile of her clothes. Rajheem Monroe, 45, was later arrested on charges of criminal mischief.

The woman told Collier County deputies that when she went out for a meal with her boyfriend, Monroe called her and told her his pills were stolen, and that he was going to burn her belongings.

After he hung up, the woman said that Monroe then called her boyfriend, saying "you'd better bring me my money."

According to the woman's statement in Monroe's arrest report, Monroe also told her boyfriend, "If you don't have (the money) I'm coming after you...and I'm shooting and I won't stop until y'all are dead."

She said Monroe then sent her a video via text message of him burning a pile of the woman's clothes in suitcase.

While Monroe was charged with criminal mischief for burning the clothes, former police chief Walt Zalisko said the threats of violence could mean more charges, if the threats are deemed credible.

"People say things in the heat of the moment," Zalisko said. "(Investigators) have to confirm it was a credible threat before they can charge anybody. But because it was a he said/she said type of situation, they want to review all the facts of the case and present it to the State Attorney."

The video Monroe sent the woman was placed into evidence. Monroe is out of jail on bond.