Woman says she's being evicted because ex set car on fire

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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NORCROSS, Ga. —

A Norcross woman being evicted from her apartment told Channel 2 Action News it's because she's the victim of a crime. 

Zealretta James told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri her ex-boyfriend set her car on fire at the Sinclair Apartments on Park Colony Drive. James said she broke up with the man weeks ago when she became concerned for her safety. 

"Very shocking and very frightening," she said. 

According to complex management, witnesses identified the ex-boyfriend as the man they saw pour gasoline on the car, start the fire and then run off. James said she went to talk to management about possibly switching apartments but was told she had three days to move out. 

"It's a sense of being abused all over again," James said. 

She got a letter from attorneys for the complex saying because the ex was associated with her, she is responsible for the actions he took that endangered others.

But James said the man wasn't her guest and didn't have her permission to be there that night. 


A spokesperson for the complex told Channel 2 Action News in a statement, “While we sympathize with Ms. James' predicament of having a violent ex-boyfriend and certainly wish her well, we simply cannot risk the overwhelming threat that her ex-boyfriend's return to the premises would pose.”