A woman was flown to a burn center in Texas after her roommate allegedly set her on fire in their Albuquerque home off West Central. The Albuquerque assault happened on Friday, September 24th. 39-year-old Lawrence Sedillo faces a charge of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm.
The police booked the suspect into the Metropolitan Detention Center early Saturday, September 25th. Court records revealed that the 42-year-old female victim had severe burns over her face, arms, chest, and back. Medics flew to the burn center at University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Prosecutors filed a motion to detain Sedillo until the trial as his actions were inherently dangerous and potentially fatal. The motion read in part that the severe nature of what transpired gives the state extreme concern that the man has no regard for human life. The criminal complaint filed in the Metropolitan Court revealed that officers responded to the 100 block of 47th NW, west of Central at about 9 a.m.
The investigators said a woman called 911 saying a badly burnt female came to her door. When officers arrived, they found the victim with burns on a significant portion of her body. She told them her roommate, Sedillo, tried to kill her by setting her on fire. The paramedics then took her to the University of New Mexico Hospital before airlifting her to the Texas burn center.
A neighbor gave the police a video showing the suspect with a red gas can. The police did not find the man at home but arrested him later about a mile away for the Albuquerque assault.
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