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Burned man charged with trying to set ex-girlfriend on fire

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:09 p.m. HST, Feb 17, 2012

Hawaii County authorities have charged a South Kona man who allegedly set himself on fire Tuesday and tried to do the same to his ex-girlfriend with attempted murder and six other offenses.

Robert York, 27, of Honaunau was charged Thursday evening with second-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree arson, criminal trespassing and two counts of abuse of a family/household member.

He was being held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $66,250 bail.

Police said York set fire to the front porch of his ex-girlfriend's house on Tobacco Road in Honaunau about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, then doused her and himself with a flammable liquid and attempted to set them both on fire. After the woman's relatives pulled York away from her, York set himself on fire, police said.

Police arrested him Wednesday when he was released from Kona Community Hospital, where he had been treated for his injuries.

The woman did not require medical attention for injuries she received during the struggle.

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krump1_aka_protector wrote:
I think they were too quick in stopping him from burning himself to death. I would stop a monk from self-immolation, but not this fool. If he ever gets charges dismissed or gets released by some travesty of justice, his poor ex-girlfriend will never be safe from this abusive idiot. Hope he goes away at least for a few years at least.
on February 17,2012 | 10:18PM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
I think they moved too quickly when they prevented him from self-immolation. What happens if this guy can get off from some of the charges? He'll probably want to finish the job on his ex-girlfriend and her family. This guy should have a one-way ticket to the Kaneohe State Hospital.
on February 18,2012 | 07:04AM
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