TAMPA — Hillsborough County deputies interrupted a savage attack on a woman whose estranged husband had doused her with gasoline and tried to light her on fire, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
About 10:15 p.m. Monday, deputies said, Walter Dunn III, 26, punched and kicked open the front door of 10715 Drummond Road, home to Marco Ramirez, 34. Alison Aquino-Sanchez, 27, Dunn's wife and mother of his two children, was inside watching TV with Ramirez, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.
Broken glass from the door cut Ramirez in the shoulder and face as Dunn forced his way inside, deputies said.
Dunn grabbed Aquino-Sanchez by the hair, punched her, dragged her from the home and forced her into a black 2003 Ford Explorer, they said.
He took her back to his house, 7419 Oakvista Circle, and forced her into the garage, where he started pouring gasoline on her and tried to set her ablaze with a lighter, Carter said.
But the lighter wouldn't work. So Dunn kept beating her, lacerating her body, and tried to cut her fingers with a pair of garden shears, Carter said.
That's when deputies arrived, opened the garage door and brought the attack to a halt. They ordered Dunn to the ground.
Aquino-Sanchez fled to safety and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital to be treated for her injuries. Dunn was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was treated for cuts resulting from breaking down the door.
Dunn was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and burglary with assault, arrest records show. He was booked into a Hillsborough County jail, where he remains without bail.
This is Dunn's first arrest in Florida, according to the state's Department of Law Enforcement. In jail records he lists his occupation as self-employed "dental work."
Dunn and Aquino-Sanchez married in June 2007, records show. She declined comment Tuesday.