Gift dress sparks arson charge

A warrant was taken Friday for a Columbus man who set a dress afire Thursday and put it on the hood of his ex-wife's car, damaging the hood.

The warrant charges Jerome Wallace, 25, of 809 Winston Road, with third-degree arson, said Chief Fire Marshal Greg Lang with Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services.

Here's what Lang said happened: Wallace's live-in girlfriend bought a dress for the daughter of Wallace and his ex-wife and took it to the ex-wife's house. The ex-wife, Ambria Crawford, took the dress back to Wallace's and his girlfriend's residence and left it on the fence.When Wallace got home around 9 p.m. Thursday, he took the dress back to his ex-wife's house, sets the dress afire and placed the burning dress on the hood of Crawford's 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, damaging the hood.

When firefighter's arrived, the fire was about out, Lang said. Damage to the car was estimated at $500 and to the dress, $10.

Authorities are searching for Wallace, Lang said.