Barking dogs alert owner to car on fire

Leonel Bairon Rodriguez // Brownsville Police Department Photo

A Brownsville man is behind bars after he allegedly set a car on fire but barking dogs alerted the owner.

Brownsville police arrested Leonel Rodriguez on an arson charge over the weekend.

Authorities told Action 4 News that the victim heard his dogs barking and went outside.

An off-duty jailer saw smoke from inside his car and went to investigate.

The off-duty detention officer put out a piece of paper that was burning on the floor board.

The detention officer chased 22-year-old Rodriguez, who was riding away on his bicycle.

Rodriguez allegedly admitted that he was attempting to burn the vehicle.

The off-duty detention officer held Rodriguez in custody until Brownsville police arrived.

Rodriguez remains in custody at the Cameron County Jail under a $20,000 bond and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer.