RENO, Nev. - A woman accused of setting a neighbor's house on fire at Camp Pendleton in 2009 is now facing arson charges.
Recently filed court documents claim Monica Brushel, who is now 35, intentionally set the blaze because her neighbors were socializing with a man with whom she had an extramarital affair with while her husband was deployed. She's was booked into Washoe County Jail in Reno and faces federal charges.
According to the court documents, the Camp Pendleton fire inspector immediately determined the fire was deliberately set after finding ignition points on the staircase and master bedroom. The ignition point in the master bedroom failed to ignite, but investigators found a cigarette butt that had been left behind.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) interviewed Brushel the day of the fire. She denied setting the fire, but did admit to entering the residence and consented to hand over a DNA sample to investigators.
NCIS also searched Brushel's home and seized some wet clothing from the washing machine, a half-empty bottle of lighter fluid, a lighter and a pair of boots, according to the documents.
NCIS got lab results back a few months later, which found the same chemical found in Brushel's lighter fluid in burned sections of the house. Brushel's boots also tested positive for gasoline and a heavy petroleum product, according to the report.
DNA results came back the following month -- matching Brushel's DNA to DNA found on the cigarette found in the burned home's master bedroom.
More than four years later, a warrant was issued for her arrest and she was picked up in Reno. It's unclear why it took so long for her to be arrested or what she was doing in Reno.