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Man arrested after allegedly setting house and himself on fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:59 p.m. HST, Feb 16, 2012

Hawaii County police arrested a South Kona man who allegedly set himself on fire and tried to do the same to an ex-girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

The suspect, a 27-year-old Honaunau man, is being held at the Kona police cellblock after being treated for burns, police said.

The woman, 26, was hurt during a struggle with the suspect but did not require medical attention, police said.

Police said the suspect went to the home of his ex-girlfriend on Tobacco Road in Honaunau, poured a flammable liquid on the front porch and set it on fire about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The woman climbed out a window of he house, but the suspect caught her and poured the flammable liquid on her and himself, police said.

The woman's relatives, who live on another house on the property, heard the commotion and pulled the suspect away from the woman. As one of the relatives was fighting the flames on the porch with a garden hose, the suspect set himself on fire, police said.

The relatives helped extinguish the flames on the man, who then ran away. A short time later, the suspect called 911 and was taken by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital for treatment of burns.

Police booked the man for investigation of abuse, terroristic threatening and arson.

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TLehel wrote:
What is it with Valentine's day and people trying to kill eachother?
on February 16,2012 | 03:14PM
iwanaknow wrote:
It must be BAD MAD LOVE in the air? Stay in bed on Valentines! Lock your doors and windows!. Unlease the dogs.........get out the guns!!!!!
on February 16,2012 | 03:28PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
wacko alert
on February 16,2012 | 03:50PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Domestic Violence day is what it is.
on February 16,2012 | 04:13PM
ejkorvette wrote:
That makes 2 Hawaii based incidents that I can think of that involve lovers, ex-lovers, etc that have chose Violence as a way to resolve their differences! Whether it is Suicide or Homicide, people have become Hopeless of their situations concerning "affairs of the heart". This is a very Sad trend. Who are our young people going to have as role models? What examples are the Adults setting for the young to have as resources? The Time for making jokes and excuses are far past. We need to step up and start fixing ourselves. Through Faith, Support groups, Counseling(affordable), and some Grassroots approach to developing "Coping Skills".
on February 16,2012 | 04:45PM
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