What was described as an on-going domestic dispute led to a woman being doused with gasoline and employees of a condo complex being terrorised, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Just after 10am Sunday, police got a report that someone was trying to set the Plantation Village located in Seven Mile Beach off West Bay Road on fire.
Investigators said a man went to the customer service office at Plantation Village – which is along Seven Mile Beach in George Town – and sprayed a woman with gasoline then attempted to set her ablaze. Police said she managed to lock the office door, after which police said the suspect used a van to drive into the front glass door of the building. The woman and two other employees remained locked in the office for safety.
Officers said the suspect then threw a gallon bottle filled with gasoline into the building and used a lighter to start a fire.
The victims managed to escape through a rear door while the building was on fire.
The vehicle and the office building were extensively damaged.
The offender was arrested at the scene and taken to George Town Police Station where he remains in custody.
One of the victims was taken to the George Town Hospital, treated for smoke inhalation and then released.