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Massachusetts Man Threw Woman In Campfire, Allegedly Held Her In Flames In Attempt To Kill Her, Police Say

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Mar. 29 2023, Published 2:59 p.m. ET

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A Massachusetts man has been arrested after he allegedly threw a woman into a campfire and holding her in the flames, causing her to sustain burns on her body, according to authorities.

Around 8:15 p.m. on March 20, deputies received a phone call regarding a suspicious person in Fairhaven, the Fairhaven Police Department said.

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Officers responded to the scene and found a woman with burns on her upper body.

When talking with police, the woman reportedly said she was “attacked by a person she knew, and was thrown into a campfire and held there,” deputies said.

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The woman said she was eventually able to escape and find help.

She was taken by paramedics to a local hospital for treatment and her current condition is unknown, officials said.

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Investigators were able to identify 45-year-old Robert McWilliams as the suspect. With the help of patrol units and the Fairhaven Police Drone Unit, officers found him in a wooded area where the alleged assault took place.

McWilliams was arrested and booked into custody on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness and assault with intent to kill, authorities said.

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