ANNISTON, Ala. (TCD) -- A 54-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for reportedly lighting a woman on fire.
According to a news release from the Anniston Police Department, officers responded to the 800 block of West 16th Street around 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, in regard to a person on fire. At the scene, police said they located a woman, later identified as 36-year-old Leslie Hogeland, walking along the road with severe burns.
According to the Birmingham Real-Time News, Hogeland was transported to the Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center and then transferred to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for treatment. Upon further investigation, the suspect, Henry Wesley, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, police said.
A warrant obtained by the Birmingham Real-Time News says Wesley poured gasoline on Hogeland before igniting her. Hogeland’s relationship to Wesley has not been disclosed by authorities.
Family members reportedly said Hogeland is conscious and awake now, but she had suffered severe burns from the waist up, including on her face.
According to records, Wesley was booked into the Calhoun County Jail and is being held on $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 10, 2022, the Birmingham Real-Time News reports.