Chester man accused of trying to set woman’s house, car on fire

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comAugust 23, 2013 

— A Chester County man has been charged with arson after deputies say he tried to burn a woman’s house and car after hitting her with a cane on Thursday.

Deputies were sent to a woman’s Ashford Road home after she reported that 48-year-old Lee Raynard Robinson was “acting crazy,” according to a Chester County Sheriff’s news release.

The woman told him to leave her home several times, but he refused, the release states, and eventually hit her with a cane.

The woman hit him back in the face, according to a Chester County Sheriff's report.

Robinson began pacing back and forth before finally crossing the street and returning with a yellow Pennzoil jug, the report states.

He began pouring the gas on the corner of the house and the woman’s car, telling her he would burn her up, the release states. The woman managed to stop Robinson as he was trying to ignite the fire with his lighter.

Robinson left the scene before officers arrived. Deputies could smell gas coming from the yard and spoke with the woman, who described to police where Robinson lived.

Deputies went to Robinson's Sitton Road home, where they spoke with his cousin, who said he had not seen Robinson, the report states. Deputies found footprints in the dew of the grass behind the house and received permission to look around the property.

They found Robinson, who smelled like gasoline, face down on the ground holding his shirt about 150 yards behind the house, the report states.

Authorities arrested and charged him with attempted arson. He is held at the Chester County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

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