Meadville Tribune

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May 10, 2013

Police say West Mead woman set man on fire out of boredom

MEADVILLE — A West Mead Township woman was arraigned Thursday on charges that she allegedly poured rubbing alcohol on a man while he was lying on her living room floor and lit the fluid on fire, causing what West Mead Township police described as severe second and third degree burns to his back.

Labresha R. Brown, 24, was arraigned before Meadville Area Magisterial Justice William Chisholm on felony charges of arson and aggravated assault and misdemeanor charges of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person filed by West Mead Township Police.

According to the criminal complaint filed in connection with the case, the victim, Anthony Olon, came to the police department Wednesday to file an assault complaint.

According to the complaint, Olon told the investigating officer, Sgt. Michael Broderick, he was assaulted on May 2 by Brown at her 20500 Alden St. residence, where he was temporarily staying.

According to the complaint, Olon told the officer that when he arrived at Brown’s residence at approximately 11 p.m. on May 2, she asked him to lie face down on the front living room floor. Olon said that when he followed her instructions, he felt liquid on his back, which he immediately identified as rubbing alcohol. Before he could get up, Brown allegedly ignited the rubbing alcohol.

According to the complaint, “Olon stated he was then on fire and went into a panic. Olon eventually extinguished the flames but now was in severe pain.”

According to the complaint, Olon asked Brown and her boyfriend to drive him to the emergency room, where he was treated for second and third degree burns on his back.

According to the complaint, Brown had already been scheduled for fingerprinting on a separate charge on the same day Olon arrived in Broderick’s office to file his complaint. When she arrived at his office, Broderick asked if she had set Olon on fire. After responding “Yes,” Brown insisted numerous times that she was just “playing a game” with Olon because she was “bored,” police said.

According to the complaint, Brown told Broderick the game was called “How Much Pain Can You Take?”

A preliminary hearing has been set for May 22.

Noting that the act “shows extreme indifference to life” and that she is also about to be evicted from her apartment following a March 26 incident involving property owned by her landlord, Chisholm set Brown’s bail at $50,000. She was subsequently committed to Crawford County jail.

“You’re spiraling out of control,” Chisholm told Brown.

Tuesday, Brown had been released on her own recognizance after being bound over to court following a preliminary hearing before Chisholm on misdemeanor charges of theft from a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking of movable property and receiving stolen property for the March 26 incident, during which she allegedly removed an infrared heater from the victim’s vehicle and placed it in her residence.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at mspicer@meadvilletribune.com.

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