Two charged with attempting to set 15-year-old on fire in Rutherford County


A 17-year-old is accused of sloshing his 15-year-old girlfriend with gasoline and threatened to set her and her home on fire Saturday in Rutherford County. 

The sheriff’s office reported the suspect poured gasoline on the girl, ignited a lighter and threatened to burn her while at her home.

The victim’s grandmother and roommate were home at the time but they were not injured when the 17-year-old boy and friend Coty Edwards, 27, reportedly threatened to burn their home.

The suspects left the home after the grandmother dialed 911.

The 17-year-old boy was charged with two counts of aggravated domestic assault, attempted aggravated arson, aggravated burglary, vandalism and interference with a 911 call.

Edwards, of  Smyrna, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and attempted aggravated arson.

Investigators believe the boy demanded $300 from the girl and allegedly forced his way into the home where he “threatened to cut her head off” in front of her grandmother and the roommate.

When the girl could not pay, the boy poured gasoline around the front of the house, the sheriff’s office said. 

“He continued pouring as he walked up the front steps and into the living room where he poured gasoline all over the floor and intentionally sloshed some onto (the girl),” said Sgt. David Foote.

The boy threatened to “burn the house down and at one point pulled out a cigarette lighter, ignited it and held it close to (the girl’s) gasoline-soaked T-shirt,” the sergeant reported.

When her grandmother attempted to call 911, the boy reportedly grabbed the phone and smashed it on the ground.

“As this was happening, Coty Edwards was standing in the front yard with an ignited cigarette lighter, antagonizing the situation and trying to instigate a fight with (the roommate),” Foot reported.

Believing deputies were on their way, the suspects fled the home. They were later found at Edwards’ home and taken into custody. 

The juvenile was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

Edwards was charged and booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he is held on $25,000 bond. 

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