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Man accused of starting deadly Logan Heights house fire has criminal past, documents reveal

Posted at 3:23 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 20:56:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Court documents are giving a glimpse into the past of the 26-year-old accused of killing his parents and sister in a Logan Heights house fire.

Wilber Romero is accused of starting the fire at the home on the 3100 block of Clay Street around 4:30 a.m. October 13.

44-year-old Jose Romero died at the scene while his wife and daughter, 46-year-old Nicolasa Maya-Romero and 21-year-old Iris Romero died at the hospital in the days following the blaze.

The family’s 23-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son were also hospitalized.

Wilber is facing several charges in the fire, including first-degree murder, arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Court documents show it wasn’t the first time he allegedly targeted his family. He reportedly attacked his father with a brick and rocks and damaged his car in September of 2018.

The incident prompted a police standoff that ended when police shot bean bags at Wilber and released a police dog, documents show.

The documents go on to state Wilber was in a car accident when he was 6-years-old and that he has suffered from a learning disability since the crash.

According to the documents, Wilber also struggled with drug addiction.