Ypsilanti man faces arson and domestic violence charges
Ypsilanti police said a man is accused of assaulting his wife on Halloween and pouring lighter fluid on the floor of their home while two young children were inside.
Antoine Lee-Edward Gill, 28, was arraigned Tuesday at the Washtenaw County Jail on charges of domestic violence, arson-preparing to burn property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 and arson-preparing to burn property valued at $20,000 or more.
Gill is being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, jail officials said today.
Ypsilanti police Det. Sgt. Troy Fulton said Gill got into an argument with his wife over finances at 1 a.m. and was moving out of his Woody Court home, loading up his car.
Gill's wife locked him outside, Fulton said, but ultimately let him back inside. Fulton said Gill then pushed his wife against a wall and choked her, but she managed to break free and go outside to seek help.
While two children under the age of 5 were inside, Fulton said Gill began pouring lighter fluid on the kitchen floor. By the time police arrived, Gill had left the home.
Officers found burnt newspaper in the sink and that a burner on the stove was on, Fulton said. Gill's wife told police that she didn't light the newspaper on fire.
Troy police arrested Gill on the warrant on Monday, Fulton said. Gill is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 6.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.