INDICTMENT: Woman slides paper under door to light apartment on fire

Published 12:50 am Saturday, September 25, 2021

A 61-year-old Port Arthur woman who reportedly lit a piece of paper on fire and slid it under the door of another tenant at O.W. Collins Senior Apartments was indicted this week on a charge of arson.

According to an officer with the Port Arthur Fire Department, Maxine Angelo Castle was allegedly seen lighting a piece of folded notebook paper on fire and placing the item under the door of an apartment at 4440 Gulfway Drive.

A neighbor reportedly saw the woman leaving the hallway a short time before the tenant found the fire burning.

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Court documents state Castle knew the tenant of the apartment where the flaming paper was placed.

Castle was arrested Aug. 23 for arson. She remains behind bars on a $35,000 bond.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.