He may have flung the hot oil, but he didn’t start the fire.
A man who threw hot oil at his roommate’s face was acquitted Thursday after a jury found he acted in self-defense, the Public Defender’s Office announced.
Felipe Manrique, 48, of San Francisco, was arrested Feb. 28 after a long-simmering argument with his roommate, 49-year-old Pedro Torres, boiled over in their Tenderloin apartment.
Police initially reported that Manrique might have been drunk and instigated the fight after turning off the light in the kitchen while Torres was reading.
But the Public Defender’s Office said the tension between the two began earlier in February, when Torres moved in and only paid part of the rent, spokeswoman Tamara Barak Aparton said. Manrique said he also noticed that since Torres had lived there, two rings had gone missing.
When Manrique asked about the rings, Torres responded in a threatening manner, Aparton said.
The day of the incident, Manrique told Torres he needed to move out by March 1 and asked about the rings again, Aparton said. Torres threatened Manrique before lunging at him, Aparton said.
“He only used force to ward off the attack,” said Matt Sotorosen, Manrique’s attorney.