Shadow Parsley, 20, of 1635 Lehigh St. in Lorain, was charged with disrupting public service, felonious assault, aggravated arson and domestic violence on Friday night after he set fire to his girlfriend and hit her with a rake.
Parsley’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Briana Rush, told police that the incident began Friday when Parsley was questioned by police in connection with a burglary. Parsley blamed his girlfriend for talking to police about his possible involvement, according to the police report.
Around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Rush went to a garage on the 3200 block of McKinley Street to talk to Parsley, who began to get angry and yell at her, according to police.
Rush told police that Parsley, enraged, broke her cell phone on the floor, hit her with a garden rake and dumped gasoline on her before he pulled out a lighter and set fire to her pants. Rush took off her pants and ran from the garage to look for help, according to the report. Parsley also ran from the area.
Rona Proudfoot, who lives in a house in the neighborhood said she heard screams coming from the garage and called police. Soon after she made the call, Rush came running through her front door, pantless, screaming and covered in gasoline, Proudfoot said.
Rush was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for treatment after police arrived at Proudfoot’s home.
Police took Parsley into custody soon after the incident.
Parsley has faced similar charges in Lorain in the past. In 2012 Parsley was charged with aggravated menacing, aggravated trespassing, criminal damaging and domestic violence.
He is being held at Lorain City Jail until a hearing at 10 a.m. Monday in Lorain Municipal Court.