Anger Over Gift Is Alleged Motive for Firebombing

A woman unhappy with a Christmas present from her former stepmother was arrested Sunday along with her boyfriend on suspicion of arson for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail into the ex-stepmother's Hermosa Beach home, causing $200,000 in damage, police said.

Brandi Nicole Nason, 20, and her boyfriend, Marshal Abram Penna, 24, of Citrus Heights, allegedly tossed a lighted bottle of gasoline through the glass front door of Nason's former stepmother's home about 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, said Hermosa Beach Police Sgt. Paul Wolcott.

"A bottle comes flying through her door and immediately lights up her living room," Wolcott said. "She was barely able to escape with her life.''

Wolcott said Nason was upset because she thought her former stepmother's Christmas present was inadequate.

Nason also was angry that her father had to pay alimony, Wolcott said.

Firefighters contained the fire on Gould Avenue to the first floor of the home, he said.
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