Texas Man Tried To Set Wife on Fire, Say Police

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Odessa, TX

A West Texas man is out of jail on a $50,000 bond after he allegedly attempted to set his wife on fire.

Forty-three-year-old Trung Van Tran was arrested on January 9 for aggravated assault on a family member with a weapon according to jail records obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Ector County Sheriff’s Office. He was later released from jail on a $50,000 bond.

Odessa police officers were called to the scene of a domestic violence incident by witnesses, NewsWest9 reported on Wednesday. Police investigators told the local NBC affiliate that Tran was seen pushing his wife and striking her in the eye. The investigators said Tran then doused his wife in lighter fluid and attempted to set her on fire.

Police arrived on the scene shortly before midnight Tuesday night. Witnesses told investigators that they had to pull Tran off his wife, the San Antonio Express-News reported. After speaking with Tran and his 41-year-old wife, officers found a bottle of lighter fluid near Tran. A broken lighter was found inside the home on the living room floor, a news release obtained by the San Antonio newspaper revealed.

No information was provided as to the nature of the argument that led Tran to allegedly attempt to set fire to his wife.

The charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second degree felony. If convicted, the Odessa man could spend up to 20 years in state prison for his actions.

Odessa police officials confirmed to Breitbart Texas that the U.S. citizen had no previous encounters with their department.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.