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Woman Arrested for Trying to Set Victim on Fire

10:17 AM, Oct 26, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 51-year old woman arrested for pouring gasoline on another woman said she was trying to burn the victim, but ended up beating the victim instead when the fire wouldn't light.

According to the arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the victim told police two women jumped her at West 24th and Myrtle around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Police believe Marisa Robinson, 51, threw gasoline on Mrs. Thompson and then tried to set her on fire with a lighter. Thompson told police she was not able to light her on fire because she started to beat up the suspect.

Police smelled a strong odor of gasoline coming from the victim's body and say they observed bruising and swelling on the suspect's face.  A witness reported that the suspect threw a pill bottle of gasoline on the victim.

Another witness told police he was able to knock the lighter out of the suspect's hand and broke up the fight.

Police said the suspect continued to make threats against the victim when they arrived. Police said she stated several times, "Yeah, I was trying to set your ass on fire."

Robinson suffered a seizure while being detained in the back of a police car and was taken to Shands, where she was absentee booked on a charge of aggravated battery.

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