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Man Attempts to Torch Girlfriend

November 26, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif On Sunday, November 25 at 7:52 in the evening Blythe Police responded to a residence in the 1900 Block of Agate Terrace after getting a report of someone trying to set a residence on fire. A second caller reported a structure fire at the location.

When Officers arrived, they found an apartment attached to the main residence was on fire. The City of Blythe Fire Department responded, and was able to extinguish the blaze. There was substantial fire damage to the apartment, and heavy smoke damage to the main residence.

Officers contacted several people who lived at the location. A female who lives in the apartment reported that prior to the fire, she and her boyfriend, identified as John Davis, age 43, of Blythe, were having an argument. She reported that Davis left their room, and returned with a gasoline can. The victim stated Davis splashed gas on her and around the room. The victim reported that other residents tried to intervene, but when she saw Davis grab a lighter, she ran from the apartment. When she looked back, she reported seeing flames coming from the apartment.

Davis was contacted at the scene, and arrested. Neither the victim nor the other residents were injured.

Davis was booked into the Blythe Jail on charges of Arson and Assault likely to cause Great Bodily Injury. He remains in custody with bail set at $50,000.

A check of fire records showed that on November 12, 2012, at 3:22 A.M. there had been a fire reported to a structure behind the residence where this fire occurred. In the earlier case there had been no injuries, and no cause has yet been established.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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