Man tried to set a woman on fire during a fight, but police wrestled the lighter from his hand: report

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Source: MEGA; Bristol police

Oct. 24 2021, Published 11:46 a.m. ET

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A man is accused of trying to set his girlfriend on fire, but police arrived in time to save her from being ignited, authorities said.

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Williams Scott Blevins, 45, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, domestic assault, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest, according to police in Bristol, Tennessee.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, officers got a call that a man poured gasoline on a woman and was trying to set her on fire, according to police. When officers arrived, they saw a fight ongoing between Blevins and the victim.

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Officers saw Blevins try to light the woman on fire, according to authorities.

But officers intervened and had a tussle with Blevins, according to police. They removed a lighter from his hand and detained him.

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The woman said she and Blevins lived together and he assaulted her, according to police. He then poured gasoline on her, and she was afraid he was going to ignite her. The victim was treated at the scene by EMS.

Blevins was charged and booked into jail, where bond was set at $50,000.

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