Greenfield Police: Milwaukee Woman Facing Charges After Setting Fire to Ex-Boyfriends Apartment in a Jealous Rage
A Greenfield apartment fire put dozens of lives in danger. Now, police know who started it and why. Authorities say in a jealous rage, a Milwaukee woman was plotting to hurt her ex-boyfriend. The 26-year-old has now been charged with arson, but that wasn't her initial plan.
"The flames were just shooting out of his patio door. He had nowhere to go," Todd Brody, a neighbor said.
February 13th is a day Todd Brody vividly remembers. His neighbor and german shepherd were trapped on the second-floor balcony of their apartment near 100th and Oklahoma.
"I told him to throw the dog down towards the bushes, I'll try to break the dog's fall and that's what we did," said Brody who helped his neighbor and dog to safety.
Before Brody knew it, his neighbor jumped to safety. He hit his head but would be okay.
"Her actions could have killed an entire apartment building worth of people," said Sgt. Eric Lindstrom with the Greenfield Police.
Investigators say Mai Lee Lor was targeting her ex-boyfriend's kids and their mother. Her plan to shoot them, but now varied.
"This is one of the weirder cases I've ever run across," Sgt. Lindstrom said.
Documents show she researched School schedules in the area to see when she could catch and ambush the children.
Then she thought to just knock on the apartment door and shoot. Sgt. Lindstrom says Lor backed out at the last second.
"So she went to her car got some bottles of gasoline and ended up dumping them on the door of our victim and lighting it on fire," Sgt. Lindstrom said.
That woman and her two children, one with an amputated leg, had to be rescued from a third story balcony. Police say Lor ran off to Colorado before she came back to Wisconsin and was arrested.
Lor has pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and recklessly endangering safety - both felonies. She's due back in court next month.