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Jailhouse Interview: Woman Arrested in Dallas Yoga Studio Fire Speaks

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DALLAS - The woman who says she set a Dallas yoga studio on fire over the weekend is telling her side of the story -- from behind bars at the Dallas County Jail.

"It was just, you know, I pulled the car up, saw the security guard and I just wanted it done."

Nancy Suzanne Duarte claims she went upstairs to theĀ American Power Yoga Studio, bust out the glass, then set the place on fire.

She says it wasn't a random act.

"I had been sexually assaulted when I was 15, and the boy who did it was 18. I finally found out that it involved the yoga studio, and (people there)Ā had been helping him. They gave him my credit card number, my cell phone records."

But Sunstone, the company that runs the studio, says their records say otherwise.

"She has never been a student at Sunstone or at any of our other studios and was never an employee," studio manager Stephanie Denton-Quigley said.

And this isn't the first time the studio has found itself in hot water. Last month, a woman fired shots into the windows and doors.

"The police did not have enough information to apprehend anybody."

Now Duarte is facing a $16,000 bond for arson and resisting arrest.

"Someone who's trained in yoga and Brazilian jiu-jitsu knows how to keep someone from breaking her arm."

And she's got the scars to prove it.

"This one kind of looks like a heart," Duarte said while showing NewsFix a scar.

"We were open yesterday morning bright and early for our classes. We spent the evening cleaning up the studio," Denton-Quigley Ā said. "We certainly are glad no one was harmed and that the damage was very minimal."

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