Man allegedly assaults victim, sets small fire during domestic dispute
BATON ROUGE - A Baton Rouge man was arrested after he allegedly threatened his mother's life and set a small fire inside a home during an argument.
According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, Torin Johnson, 45, of Baton Rouge allegedly got into an argument with the victim and threatened her with a knife before attempting to start a fire inside the home.
According to arrest records, the victim stated that the suspect, her son, had slapped her across her face because she would not allow him to drive her vehicle.
The victim also stated that Johnson overheard her talking to her daughter, and while holding a knife, stated "I should kill you with it but I'm not," according to arrest records.
The victim said when she tried to leave the residence, Johnson blocked the exits with his body to prevent her from leaving. He also threw furniture towards the doorways to block them. The victim said Johnson then hit and pushed her down onto a sofa in the living room.
Johnson reportedly then took the keys from the victim and tried to leave in her vehicle but was blocked in by his sister who had arrived at the house.
The victim said that as EBRSO deputies arrived at the house, Johnson grabbed two knives and locked the doors. Johnson reportedly said "They gonna have to come in the house to get me," according to the victim.
The front door of the residence was locked, and a key from the backseat of the victim's daughter's vehicle was retrieved.
Officials attempted to call Johnson but were unable to make contact. An officer then observed flames in the living room and smoke coming from the residence, according to arrest records.
Deputies entered the house through the front door and discovered Johnson had allegedly set his clothes on fire. His clothes were completely engulfed in flames and filled the interior of the house with smoke, according to arrest records.
An officer saw Johnson run into the kitchen, and saw he was holding a hammer and pot. Johnson was given several loud verbal commands to put down the hammer and pot, which he ignored, according to arrest records.
Johnson was then shot with a non-lethal shotgun round which struck his thigh but had no effect. He was then tased, which was effective, according to arrest records.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department was contacted during the incident and later arrived at the scene, according to arrest records.
Johnson was observed to have six self-inflicted stab wounds on his stomach, and a large amount of blood was seen throughout the house, according to arrest records.
Johnson was assisted by EMS and transported to a local hospital. He was advised of his rights and stated he set his t-shirt on fire and stabbed himself because he did not want to live anymore.
Johnson was admitted to the hospital due to the extent of his injuries.
Johnson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse aggravated assault, false imprisonment, simple arson and resisting an officer. His bond was set at $40,000.
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