SC police arrest man after wife doused with gas, set on fire
By WBTW News Staff
Jones in his most recent mug shot and a Google image of the car repair shop
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC -
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has arrested the man, they say, doused his wife in gasoline and set her on fire -- a day after he was released from jail on other charges.
Ronnie Lee Jones, age 31, is accused in the incident that happened Friday at McGruder's Auto, located at 15th Street, in Augusta.
The incident happened around 2:30 am at the auto repair and towing shop where Ronnie Jones had been living recently. Authorities say the victim was sitting in a van when she was doused with gasoline and then lit on fire.
WRDW-TV reported that Jones was arrested by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on 1st degree burglary charges in July. Then, just a few days after that arrest, Jones was charged by North Augusta police with 3rd degree assault and battery charges.
Sunday, investigators received a tip from an anonymous source regarding the location of Ronnie Lee Jones.
Investigators learned from the tip that Jones was currently in the area of the 600 block of Buena Vista Avenue, in North Augusta, South Carolina.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., he was seen in the area of the 600 block of Buena Vista Avenue and was subsequently taken into police custody without further incident.
As of Friday, the victim was still in the hospital in stable condition, WRDW reported.
-- Info from WJBF-TV
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