Updated: 6:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | Posted: 1:56 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Police: Man douses girlfriend with lighter fluid, tries setting her on fire

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AMBRIDGE, Pa. —

An Ambridge man is facing several charges after police said he doused his girlfriend with lighter fluid and then attempted to set her on fire.

Investigators said Arvell Brandon is facing aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threat charges.

According to the criminal complaint, the incident happened Friday night at the couple’s Kerr Street apartment.

The complaint stated that Brandon told the victim, “I’m going to kill you,” during an argument. Police said Brandon then threw lighter fluid on the woman’s hair and body and tried igniting the fluid using a lighter.

“When we showed up, she was standing in the street and she was soaking wet with some type of flammable liquid on her because we could smell it,” Ambridge police Lt. Brian Jameson said.

Several residents in the neighborhood told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz that they thought the alleged incident was a shame.

“This argument got way out of control. She was fearful for her life and we believe he was trying to kill her,” Jameson said.

Brandon remains in the Beaver County Jail. 




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