Rock Hill man accused of setting girlfriend’s clothes on fire

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comDecember 31, 2012 

— A Rock Hill man was arrested Saturday after police say he dumped a pile of his girlfriend’s clothes in the backyard and set them on fire.

Robert Lee Dockery Jr., 32, of 934 Pebble Road, is charged with unlawful burning, according to a Rock Hill police report. He was released from jail Saturday on a $400 bond.

Around 11:45 a.m., a 40-year-old woman told police that her boyfriend was burning her clothes. When officers arrived, they saw a pile of clothes burning. Another pile of clothes was on the ground next to the fire, the report states.

Dockery said he was burning the clothes because he did not want them in the house. He also said that the clothes belonged to his and the woman’s children, police documents show.

Nearly an hour earlier, officers intervened in another dispute between Dockery and his girlfriend when she initially complained about him burning her clothes, another Rock Hill report states.

Officers could see material burning but were unable to determine what it was, the report states. Police told Dockery and his girlfriend that their issues would have to be addressed in civil court. Officers also warned Dockery not to illegally burn materials within city limits.

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