Teen arrested after he doused ex-girlfriend in gasoline and then threatened to set her on fire and "cut her head off"
The 17-year-old poured gas around the front of the house, on the stairs and even as he entered the living room and then sloshed some on the girl before threatening her.
A teenager in Tennessee has been arrested after he allegedly tried to light his ex-girlfriend on fire. The 17-year-old culprit, who has not been named because of his juvenile status, is said to have doused his 15-year-old ex with gasoline, ignited a lighter, and then threatened to burn her.
According to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, the boy along with his 27-year-old accomplice, Coty Edwards, forced themselves into her Fall Creek Drive Home and demanded $300 from her.The teenager also supposedly threatened to "cut her head off" in front of her grandmother and a roommate who were also in the residence at the time.
ABC News reported that when the girl stated she did not have the money to give to him, the 17-year-old poured gas around the front of the house and then into the living room and also the girl. While he was in the process of doing so, his accomplice, Edwards, was standing outside with an ignited cigarette lighter and egging the teen to commit the deed.
When the girl's grandmother tried to call 911, the teen reportedly grabbed the phone and smashed it to the ground. However, they eventually managed to dial for help and call the authorities to the residence though both the teen and Edwards had already fled from the spot. However, the authorities managed to track them down to Edwards' house and took them into custody.
Sergeant David Foote who was one of the officers to respond to the 911 call, said, "He continued pouring as he walked up the front steps and into the living room where he poured gasoline all over the floor and intentionally sloshed some onto (the girl)." He added, "As this was happening, Coty Edwards was standing in the front yard with an ignited cigarette lighter, antagonizing the situation and trying to instigate a fight with (the roommate)."
The boy then threatened to "burn the house down and at one point pulled out a cigarette lighter, ignited it and held it close to (the girl’s) gasoline-soaked T-shirt," the sergeant reported. The incident has left neighbors in the area shocked and concerned in equal measure. Speaking about the incident, they said that hearing about violence toward someone so young was disturbing. "It’s very disheartening because kids any age, whether they’re 15 or 10, they shouldn’t have to experience violence like that ever," one said.
Another similarly added to the sentiment, expressing how the violence was so unnecessary, "It does feel weird, and I know when you’re that age emotions are everywhere, I just don’t feel like that is ever what you should resort to, for something that seems so minimal."
Following his arrest, the teen was subsequently charged with two counts of aggravated domestic assault, three counts of aggravated assault, vandalism, interference with a 911 call, and attempted aggravated arson. Edwards, of Bridgewater Drive in Smyrna, was similarly charged with three counts of aggravated assault and attempted aggravated arson. Edwards was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is held on $25,000 bond. A hearing has been scheduled for November 15 in General Sessions Court.