MUGSHOT: Man charged after locking child, girlfriend in room before setting apartment on fire, sheriff says

Gandre Antoine Clark charged with Arson of a habitation (KPRC)

HOUSTON – A child that was injured after a fire broke out at an apartment complex in northeast Harris County was locked in a room with his mother when the woman’s boyfriend possibly set the apartment on fire, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Tuesday morning.

The suspect, who has been identified as G’andre Antoine Clark, 22, fled the scene, but authorities said he is now in custody. Clark has been charged with assault of a family member- impeding breathing and theft, and arson of a habitation with fire as a deadly weapon.

Gandre Antoine Clark. (KPRC)

Officials said the fire happened at the Graham Apartments located at 250 Uvalde Rd.

According to firefighters, crews arrived and found the child and his mother trapped inside the apartment with smoke pouring out. Firefighters said they were leaning out of a bedroom window.

Officials said they were able to quickly put up a ladder and get the child and the mother to safety.

Authorities initially believed a couch in the apartment caught fire.

The mother and her son suffered minor smoke inhalation and are expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.

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