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Update: Police say man held knife to wife's throat before setting her on fire

June 29th, 2014 5:49 pm by Max Hrenda

Update: Police say man held knife to wife's throat before setting her on fire

Timothy Thurman

Police arrested a city man on assault charges after he allegedly held a knife to his wife’s throat before dousing her with an accelerant and lighting her on fire.

On Sunday at 5:11 p.m., Johnson City police arrested Timothy Thurman, 20, 2 Mel Circle, after searching for him for less than a day after the alleged incident left his wife with second-degree burns.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on Saturday at around 8 p.m., when, police said, Thurman and his wife were arguing at their home. That argument escalated, police said, when Thurman grabbed a knife and held it to his wife’s throat. Police said Thurman then doused her with body spray and set her on fire.

After officers responded to the 911 call of a domestic disturbance Saturday, police said, Thurman had left the house. Washington County/Johnson City EMS took Thurman’s wife to Johnson City Medical Center, police said, where she was treated for burns to her left ear, neck and shoulder area and later released.

While the JCPD filed warrants for Thurman’s arrest, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was already searching for him on a separate warrant charging him with failure to appear, according to WCSO Lt. Daniel Rhudy. After collaborating with the JCPD, Rhudy said, on Sunday evening, Thurman was reported to have been seen in the vicinity of a residence on Liberty Church Road in Gray.

JCPD and WCSO officers responded to the address, and found Thurman in the area. Police said Thurman surrendered to officers at the scene without incident.

In addition to the county’s warrant, Thurman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by the JCPD. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on a $50,000 bond. His arraignment was scheduled to take place Monday afternoon in Sessions Court.

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Reported earlier:

Washington County sheriff's deputies and Johnson City police arrested a man accused of setting his wife on fire during an argument that occurred this weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, at around 5:10 p.m., officers and deputies located Timothy Thurman, 20, outside of the home at 698 Liberty Church Road in Gray, less than one day after he was accused of burning his wife.

JCPD Capt. Debbie Botelho said that, on Saturday evening, Thurman and his wife were involved in a domestic dispute at their residence at 2 Mel Circle when it took a violent turn.

"Basically, she was set on fire," Botelho said.

Botelho said Thurman's wife was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of burns to the left side of her neck and her left ear and was later released. Officers were unable to locate Thurman on Saturday evening.

While the JCPD issued two arrest warrants for Thurman, WCSO Lt. Daniel Rhudy said deputies had already been searching for him on their own warrant, which charged him with failure to appear. On Sunday evening, Rhudy said, deputies tracked him to a relative's house on Liberty Church Road and arrested him.

In addition to the WCSO's failure to appear warrant, Botelho said Thurman would be charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Check back here for more details on this story as they emerge.

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