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Police: Woman lights cheating girlfriend on fire

The 27-year-old doused the victim in lighter fluid

PEN ARGYL, Pa. - A Slate Belt woman is facing aggravated assault charges after allegedly setting her girlfriend on fire after learning that she had been cheating on her.

Slate Belt Regional police charged Kayla L. Mettler with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment following the alleged attack at her Pen Argyl home Sunday evening. District Judge Alicia Zito arraigned the 27-year-old, setting bail at $50,000.

Police were dispatched to a borough home in the 200 block of West Main Street shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday for a report that a woman tried to light someone on fire, according to court records.

When police arrived, they met with Mettler, who was sitting in the kitchen.

When an officer asked her what happened, Mettler allegedly replied, “I lit that bitch on fire,” according to records.

When asked exactly what she meant by that, Mettle allegedly told police, “I found out she was cheating on me, and I lit her on fire.”

An EMT told authorities that the victim sustained second-degree burns to her left ear, chest and arms. She was taken to the burn unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest in Salisbury Township.

Once in police custody, Mettler told police that she and the victim had been dating for about five years, and that she had just found out that her girlfriend had been cheating on her. Mettler said she tried to speak with her girlfriend, but that she refused, according to records.

After the victim walked outside to the back of the house, Mettler allegedly walked into the kitchen, grabbed a bottle of lighter fluid from a cabinet and poured it all over the victim, who was standing outside near a parked car.

After dousing her girlfriend in lighter fluid, police allege Mettler lit a match and tossed at her.
After arriving at the home, EMTs told Northampton County emergency communications that the victim’s shirt was “off and smoldering,” but that she had sustained burns.

Mettler failed to post bail following her arraignment and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 12.

 


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