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Man Tries To Light Roommate On Fire


A dispute between cohabitants on Thursday morning, May 7, escalated to the point where one of the participants was arrested for attempted murder after he doused his female roommate with gasoline and attempted to light her on fire.

Oakdale Police Sergeant Ben Savage said police units were summoned to a residence in the 200 block of West Avenue around 9:50 a.m. after neighbors in the area called police reporting a woman screaming and calling for help. Residents in the area also heard the woman telling a subject to stop pouring gasoline on her.

When police arrived they found Michael Gladys, 36, crossing electrical lines to create sparks as he attempted to light the female, 43, who was covered in gasoline, on fire.

Officers snatched the lines away to prevent any injury or fire.

Savage said the two were not romantically involved and Gladys just wanted the female, who refused to leave, out of the house.

Gladys offered no resistance during the incident and was arrested by police. He was transported to Stanislaus County Jail and booked for attempted murder.

Police stated the female subject did not require or request medical aid from having gasoline poured on her.