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Wife douses husband with gasoline and sets him afire

October 21, 2001

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— A Kansas City man has second-degree burns on his face, neck, chest and hands after his wife doused him with gasoline and set him on fire, police said.

Jackson County prosecutors have charged Dorothy Robinson, 41, with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action for the incident early Friday.

Her husband, Herbert L. Robinson Jr., who is in his early 30s, was taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not life-threatening. Dorothy Robinson suffered burns on her hands and was in a hospital under guard Friday.

The couple had been married for about four months and lived with his family, police said.

Family members told police that Dorothy Robinson was angry at her husband who was at a casino Friday until about 3 a.m. Dorothy Robinson had a bucket of gasoline and a book of matches while she waited in a bedroom for his return, police said.

When Herbert Robinson arrived, he went to the bedroom, and the couple argued until emerging from the room in flames, police said.

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