A Burbank woman has been arrested on an attempted murder charge after being accused of igniting a bundle of paper towels and throwing them on a bed occupied by her husband, setting the bed on fire, police said.
The man was unharmed.
Maria Guadalupe Urena-Escamilla, 51, was arrested at around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking records. She was being held on $2 million bail.
Burbank police said in a statement that Urena-Escamilla and her husband were involved in a domestic dispute just before she allegedly lit his bed on fire.
“During the dispute, the suspect made threats to kill the victim,” police wrote in the statement. “As the victim lay in bed, the suspect used a flammable device and lit the bed on fire.”
Sgt. Emil Brimway, a Burbank police spokesman, said the device was “a bundle of fiery paper towels” that Urena-Escamilla threw onto the bed, which set the bed sheets and mattress on fire.
Police said the husband was able to get off the bed unharmed, then called 9-1-1. Brimway said the man grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire himself before it spread to the rest of the house.
Police said in the statement that the couple’s child was at home during the incident, but was unharmed. The Department of Children and Family Services was contacted and opened an investigation into the incident.
Urena-Escamilla was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to police.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment
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