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Man who allegedly tried to burn his partner alive has been arrested

Police had to rescue woman after her partner trapped her in a bathroom and set their apartment on fire

A Sudbury man who allegedly tried to burn his partner alive has been arrested.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Jan. 6, officers were called to what they called an “intimate partner violence incident” involving a 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.

When officers arrived on scene, they reported seeing smoke coming from the front window of a unit within the building and could hear a woman yelling for help. Fearing for her safety, officers entered the unit where the woman was trapped.

Once inside, officers could hear the woman screaming from inside of a room that had been barricaded from the outside, preventing her from being able to get out. 

The officers entered the room, found the woman and escorted her out of the building to safety.

Greater Sudbury Fire Services arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire, as well as Sudbury Paramedic Services, who treated officers and the woman for smoke inhalation on scene.

Through the investigation, it was determined the man and the woman had gotten into a verbal argument that quickly turned physical, and the man allegedly assaulted the woman and then forced her into a room, where he set off fireworks and barricaded her inside. 

The man then allegedly set fire to another room in the unit before fleeing the scene.

The arrest warrant for the accused lists charges of assault, assault with a weapon, arson, forcible confinement, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and failure to comply with an order.

On Jan. 8, the man was arrested on Elgin Street by members of the Intimate Partner Violence Unit, GSPS said Wednesday.

The man was held in custody Friday night and attended the Weekend and Statutory Holiday (WASH) court on Jan. 9 where the justice of the peace remanded him into custody. 

Police will not be releasing the man’s name in order to protect the identity of the victim.