Woman accused of trying to light boyfriend on fire after he failed to celebrate her new job


AVONDALE, Ariz. - Authorities arrested an Arizona woman last week on suspicion of trying to set her live-in boyfriend on fire after he failed to celebrate news that she got a job at a Subway restaurant, according to multiple reports.


Police on Dec. 11 arrested Kathy Elizabeth Jones, 45, at the couple’s home in Avondale to face charges of aggravated assault and criminal damage, according to KPNX and KSAZ-TV.

In court records obtained by KSAZ-TV, police said Jones sprayed lighter fluid on her boyfriend and threw lit matches at him while she was angry because he wouldn’t celebrate with her. She told police that before the incident, she had two Smirnoff Ice drinks and two “strong” mixed drinks that contained rum, KPNX reported.


Jones’ boyfriend, Jason Davis, told KPHO he wasn’t burned during the incident. He locked Jones out of their home as he waited for police to arrive, according to KPNX. While she was outside, Jones damaged the front door frame by slamming it hard, KSAZ-TV reported.


In a police report obtained by KPHO, authorities said Jones told officers she remembered becoming upset with Davis but that she “does not remember anything else about the evening and does not know how she ended up locked out of the residence.”


Jones’ son, identified only as Cody, told KPHO the incident was out of-character for his mother.

“My mom has never, ever done anything like this,” Cody said, according to KPHO. “This is the first thing I’ve ever heard of my mom doing something extreme like this. My mom’s never been an aggressive person.”


The news station reported Jones and Davis have been dating for the past six years. Court records obtained by KSAZ-TV showed Jones has lived in the home where she was arrested for a month.

A judge set Jones’ bail at $15,000, according to KPNX. She’s expected to appear Thursday in court for a status conference, KPHO reported.

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