Man accused of pouring gas on girlfriend, setting her on fire during argument

HARPER WOODS, Mich. — Police arrested a man Wednesday suspected of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire during an argument two days earlier.

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James Lewis Carlock, 34, faces one count each of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, unlawful driving away in a motor vehicle and domestic violence, according to the Harper Woods Police Department.

The charges stem from an incident which happened early Monday at a home in the 18000 block of Elkhart Street. Around 3 a.m., Carlock and his girlfriend were arguing when the 34-year-old poured gas on the woman and set her on fire, authorities said. He then stole his girlfriend’s car and fled from the home, according to investigators.

Police said Carlock and his girlfriend were living together.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for her burns. Police said Wednesday that she was listed in stable condition and expected to recover.

Authorities found Carlock later in Detroit, driving the vehicle stolen from his girlfriend, officials said. With help from local police, Carlock was arrested. In addition to the charges against him, Carlock was also given habitual fourth offense notice due to prior convictions which could enhance the penalties he might face if he’s convicted.

Carlock remained jailed Thursday in lieu of a $150,000 bond, according to police and records from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.