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Chicago man: My roommate's girlfriend tried to set fire to our apartment

May 17, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

It's often best to stay out of your roommate's relationship drama.

That's the advice a suburban woman allegedly gave to her boyfriend's roommate when he asked police officers to keep her out of his apartment, after a fight between the couple escalated Thursday.

"You need to mind your own business," Shemekia Fulwiley, of Normal, Ill., allegedly told her boyfriend's roommate at his South Austin apartment when police arrested her for home invasion. She was at the apartment earlier in the day, state prosecutors said, but left when an altercation with her boyfriend turned violent. She allegedly returned to the apartment with a knife, and broke into his basement using a brick.

Before police arrived, Fulwiley, 22, poured lighter fluid around the basement entrance and attempted to set it on fire using a lighter, according to the police report.

Fulwiley was charged with home invasion, battery, criminal damage to property, and attempted  aggravated arson.

When police officials informed her of her charges at the District 15 police station, she shouted, "Yeah, I busted that window, and when I get outa here I'm gonna finish what I started, and bust the rest of those windows, and burn that mother[bleep] down," according to the report.

Fulwiley appeared at the Cook Country Criminal Courthouse Friday afternoon and was held on $300,000 bond.

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