Cleveland man accused of throwing gasoline on woman during domestic violence incident

October 12, 2018

Cleveland man accused of throwing gasoline on woman during domestic violence incident

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man is accused of throwing gasoline on a woman and setting a fire outside a home during a domestic violence incident.

Duane M. Roe, 50, is charged with aggravated arson in a Tuesday incident in the city’s Stockyards neighborhood, according to court records.

Roe demanded a preliminary hearing during his arraignment Thursday in Cleveland Municipal Court. The preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 22.

He remains in custody at the Cuyahoga County Jail on $150,000 bond, court records say.

Roe punched a woman in the face, then hit her in the head with a wooden block, court records say. He chased the woman and her teenage son out of the home.

Several hours later, Roe came out of the house and poured a line of gasoline from the backyard to the front yard. He then set the gasoline on fire, court records say.

Roe also threw gasoline on the woman, who was sitting on the front porch, court records say.

He then dragged the woman by her ponytail and slammed her face against a van parked in a neighbor’s driveway, court records say.

The woman eventually sneaked away to call 911, police reports say.

The fire burned out before Cleveland police officers arrived at the home. They found burn marks on the grass, sidewalk and a fence post.

Officers arrested Roe at the home, police reports say.

Roe has an extensive criminal history dating back nearly three decades. He has prior convictions for burglary, aggravated assault, theft and domestic violence, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

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