Cops: Venice man slashed woman’s face, set her car on fire

VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) – A Venice man is accused of slashing a woman’s face and then setting her car on fire.

Venice police responded to a home on Elaine Street at 10:23 p.m. on Tuesday. When officers arrived, they found a woman who had significant facial injuries and identified the suspect as Melvin D. Williamson, 49. Police could not find him at the scene.

Then, at 2:38 a.m. on Wednesday, firefighters responded to a fire at the same address on Elaine Street.

Firefighters arrived to find the woman’s vehicle on fire in the driveway. Once the fire was put out, firefighters found a large pile of clothing that was burned on the pavement in front of the car. An arson investigation is underway.

Venice police arrested Williamson on a charge of aggravated domestic battery.


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