Man starts fire in apartment over neighbors having sex

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man who wanted some peace and quiet is now in big trouble.

Police arrested 36-year-old Reuben Cook after a fire at his apartment near Osuna and Academy.

According to the criminal complaint, Cook admitted to starting the fire because his neighbors were having sex and making too much noise. He then decided he would rather go to prison and “get away from the noise,” according to the complaint.

Cook told officers he started the fire with a lighter, which they found in his pocket.

On Tuesday, Cook was released on his own recognizance. He is currently facing charges for arson. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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