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Man accused of setting woman on fire in the City of Tonawanda indicted on attempted murder and assault charges

Posted at 4:18 PM, Dec 21, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The person accused of setting a woman on fire during a domestic incident outside a Tim Hortons has been arrested and arraigned in his hospital room.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced that 28-year-old Jonathan White has been charged with second degree attempted murder, first degree assault, arson, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing, all in connection with the attack on his former girlfriend, 25-year-old Jessica Cameron.

Prosecutors say White called Cameron to a secluded area outside the Tim Hortons, where she worked, and doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire.

White was also injured during the incident, which is the reason he was arraigned at Erie County Medical Center on Friday.

According to DA Flynn, Cameron is still in the hospital with serious injuries. He reports White was alert and responsive. His injuries are less severe than Cameron’s injuries.

“This is a horrific case. Domestic Violence will not be tolerated in this community. We should take this opportunity to remind families and friends of victims that there are resources to help them. We are prosecuting the defendant to the fullest extent possible,” said DA Flynn.

On Thursday, White , who remains hospitalized, was indicted on attempted murder and assault charges by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher Burns. White faces 25 years in jail if convicted.