Taos pizza shop worker accused of arson
TAOS, N.M. — “I was just trying to make some pizza, man. Then, the next thing I know my store’s burning down.”
That was what one of the shocked employees at a Domino’s Pizza in Taos said while recounting to police officers and firefighters how one of their co-workers tried to burn the place down.
“He had a propane tank and he walked in there and threw a trash can full of papers, opened it up and turned it on and lit a match and it caught on fire and he took off running,” another employee said.
Chase Renfro was that employee. Now, he faces charges, including arson.
A surveillance camera was rolling in the kitchen as Renfro walked through the back door, placed a trash can on a work table and started filling it with cardboard. Then, police say he lit a propane tank, threw it into a trash can and walked out.
Panicked employees had to pull the trash can down and put the fire out. They told police Renfro was talking to himself before starting the fire.
“And he said something about burning the place down and then he was saying something about not getting paid or something about his pay,” an employee recalled.
Police caught up with Renfro later that night. As officers tried to arrest Renfro, he attacked them – which tacked on two charges of aggravated assault upon a peace officer.
Renfro was released from jail three days later as he awaits trial.