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Man arrested in assault with lighter fluid



Published: Wed, November 7, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- City police said they arrested a 47-year-old South Side man early Tuesday after he poured lighter fluid on his girlfriend's face and hair, lighted a lighter and threatened to kill her -- all while the woman's 12-year-old daughter was in the home.

The man, of East Judson Avenue, faces charges of felonious assault and first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, police reports show.

The girlfriend, 46, told police she and her daughter arrived home at about 9 p.m. Monday and saw the boyfriend sitting at the kitchen table drinking whiskey. The couple began to argue as the girl went to her bedroom.

The woman said her boyfriend became enraged at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, took her into the bedroom, shoved her onto the bed and held her down as he squirted lighter fluid on her face and hair, police reports show. He then pulled a pink plastic lighter, ignited it and said, "I'm going to kill you."

The girl said she was awakened by the arguing and saw the couple fighting when her mother told her to go for help. She ran to a Market Street gas station, where an employee called police.

The gas station employee said she then saw the man and woman coming toward the station, with the man holding the woman by her hair. She escaped and he fled.

Officers arrested the man about an hour later at the residence.




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