A man who allegedly set the mother of his child on fire outside of a Murray hotel room has been arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of murder.
Police had been looking for Andrew Todd Curtis since Thursday morning, when they were called to Studio 6, at 975 E. 6600 South, on a report that someone had been set on fire.
The 34-year-old woman was badly burned but conscious when officers arrived, and as medics treated her she told police Curtis had thrown a liquid on her and said, “You’re going to burn, b—-,” according to a probable cause statement.
A witness at the hotel told police, according to the statement, that Curtis threw a cup of clear liquid at the woman, spit on her and then lit an object on fire and used it to set the woman aflame.
The woman was taken to a burn unit at a local hospital, and police said “it is unknown whether she will survive the injuries.” The woman was pregnant with Curtis’s child.
Officers found Curtis, who’d left the hotel and changed clothes, later that morning and took him into custody for questioning. They also got a warrant to search Curtis’s bag and found clothing saturated in some kind of accelerant, according to the probable cause statement.
Curtis was released from prison in April after serving time for a 2011 homicide by assault conviction.
The probable cause statement mentions probation and parole agents had tried to separate the victim and Curtis multiple times, “knowing he was a danger to the victim.”