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Police Briefs; Girlfriend Arrested after Can Ignited

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Girlfriend Arrested after Can Ignited

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

A 31-year-old woman was arrested on aggravated battery with a deadly device and possession of drug paraphernalia after witnesses told police she burned her 23-year-old live-in boyfriend by igniting an aerosol can and pointing it at him.

Police said the two got into an argument at 5 a.m. Sunday in the 9000 block of Berens Street. She lit a can of aerosol paint with a lighter while spraying it toward the victim. The victim told police the "fireball" lightly burned the hairs on the side of his face and grazed his shoulder.

When he grabbed the woman so she wouldn't burn him, police said, she bit him on the arm and punched him in the face. She got loose, went back inside, grabbed a knife and tried to stab him, cutting him on the hand, witnesses told police. Police said they found drug paraphernalia while searching the woman's backpack.

The victim was treated at the scene by rescue.

The following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Westside to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

Strong arm robbery:

2100 block of Old Middleburg Road North, a 41-year-old woman told police she was riding with her husband when he started an argument and dropped her off near Wiley Road. While she was walking, a motorist stopped to ask for directions at 5:35 p.m. Sunday. The man reached through the window and grabbed her purse, and when she held onto it, struck her in the face. She fell, and he drove off with the purse. The victim was treated by rescue. The purse minus a small amount of cash was found on the ground.

Grand theft:

Kmart, 4645 Blanding Blvd., police arrested two men, 45 and 21, after stopping them in the 1600 block of Cassat Avenue at 2:44 a.m. Sunday after receiving a call that a soft drink machine valued at $5,000 had been stolen from Kmart's front entry. The men were driving a truck pulling a trailer containing a soft drink machine.

Organized fraud:

8200 block of Creek Hollow Court, a 31-year-old woman told police that after an unknown inmate kept calling her collect from the Miami Correctional Center, she accepted the call. …

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