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Kaneohe man arrested after allegedly trying to burn girlfriend on barge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 8:04 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2012

A 52-year-old Kaneohe man is in custody after he allegedly struck his girlfriend repeatedly with a guitar Monday afternoon and tried to set her on fire, according to Honolulu police.

The 39-year-old victim is in fair condition in the Straub Hospital & Clinic with non-life threatening burns, police said.

The couple began arguing just after 12:30 p.m. on a live-in barge in Heeia Kea pier when the suspect allegedly hit his girlfriend about five times on her right foot and shin with a guitar, according to a police report.

Police said the suspect then grabbed a bottle of rubbing alcohol, splashed it on the victim's arm and ignited the fluid using a lighter,

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder.

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