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Elyria woman accused of trying to set her boyfriend on fire

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    Regina Gilliam



ELYRIA — An Elyria woman was indicted for aggravated arson after allegedly trying to set her boyfriend on fire.

Regina Gilliam, 62, of Cleveland Street, was indicted on a count of first-degree felony aggravated arson and second-degree felony felonious assault by a Lorain County grand jury, according to court documents.

The indictment stems from a Jan. 15 incident at an Elyria gas station on the corner of East Avenue and Fourth Street, according to Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will.

“She had a long-standing relationship with a gentleman, who I believe is married, but I’m not certain,” Will said. “They’ve never gotten married or taken the next step.”

Gilliam allegedly saw the man at the gas station while he was putting gas into his vehicle, Will said.

“At some point, she was able to spray him with gasoline and attempted to start him on fire,” he said. “He was able to get away from her and get to the police station. She was later arrested.”

Gilliam was arrested and taken to Lorain County Jail on Jan. 31, according to jail records. She was released later that day after posting bond, which court records say was set at $35,000.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.
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