Police arrest suspected arsonist accused of threatening couple with knife

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A bizarre chain of events landed a suspected arsonist behind bars. 

Police say Frank Lopez was caught on surveillance video at a Las Cruces hotel last week, lighting fires outside of hotel rooms, then taking off. 

Firefighters were able to get those fires out quickly. 

Then, police say about an hour later, Lopez broke into a stranger’s apartment and attacked a woman and her boyfriend with a knife. 

They were able to fight him off. 

Lopez was later found hiding under a bush. 

He was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a no bond hold. 

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