Assault Suspect Lights Himself on Fire
Recently out of jail, according to witnesses
Harold Finger III, 28-years-old, lit himself on fire Tuesday night after assaulting a woman at an apartment on N. Klevin Street.
Out of jail for only a week according to witnesses, Finger, a mixed martial arts fighter, became angry while talking on the phone, and subsequently began punching and kicking a 34-year-old woman in the face and head, while he was wearing gloves with hard plastic knuckles.
The victim and two other females hid in a room, one holding her 6-year-old son. According to police, Finger said he wasn’t going back to jail, and poured Prestone ethyl ether fire-starting fluid over his upper body and a door from, then grabbed the 6-year-old, but the women were able to wrest the child away from him.
Finger then lit himself on fire with a lighter and burst into flames. One of the women used a jacket to put out the flames, but not before Finger suffered severe burns to his upper body, face and head. He was taken to a local hospital.
Police obtained a no-bail warrant for Finger’s arrest on first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, which will be served when they can physically take him into custody.