Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
March 25, 2015 04:25 PM

A Texas woman had something to smile about while posing for a mug shot after her arrest for allegedly setting fire to the yoga studio where she had been taking classes.

Nancy “Suzanne” Duarte says she was looking to relieve stress when she broke into American Power Yoga with a baseball bat, a can of gasoline and a pack of matches on Saturday, CBS reports.

“Most people can t understand the smiling mug shot,” Duarte told CBS from the Dallas County Jail, where she’s currently being held on a $16,000 bond.

But Duarte reportedly admits, “I thought it was going to make me happy … to burn the place that had brought me so much pain and suffering.”

And judging from her zen expression in the mug shot, she accomplished her goal – for the time being, at least.

Duarte claims she lashed out at the studio after suffering years of sexual harassment from two fellow yoga students both during and after her classes.

“He kept hitting on me and kept trying to make me the girlfriend on the side,” she tells CBS of one of the men.

“Even as I’m walking out the door, he kept trying to put his hands on me, and I was like, ‘No!’ ” she continued.

So, Duarte says, she decided to take out her anger on the building itself “just to set it on fire, just destroy it, get rid of the devil’s temple.”

A spokesperson for American Power Yoga says the studio was unaware of the alleged harassment until Duarte later explained to police why she started the fire.

Fortunately, the damage to the studio and surrounding businesses was minimal and no one was hurt in the incident.

While Duarte says she regrets that the studio didn’t burn to the ground, she reportedly promised police she would not attempt any further arson attacks if released from prison.

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

You May Like