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Plant City man charged with arson, child abuse after dousing home in lighter fluid

PLANT CITY — Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Friday after he doused a home near Plant City with lighter fluid and threatened to set it on fire, according to an arrest report.

Randy Lee Lisenby, 44, spread the flammable liquid at the home he shared with a woman and her two children, authorities said. He made the threats after the woman told him to move out because of his drug abuse, the report said. Lisenby got angry, grabbed a bottle of Coleman lighter fluid and poured it around a doorway where they were standing. Some of the lighter fluid splashed onto the two young children, the report said.

The woman and her children fled the home at 106 Chapman Road. Lisenby barricaded himself and started a fire in the children's bedroom, the report said, burning a rug and blankets. He then tried to light a fire at the back door before being coaxed out by deputies, the report said.

Lisenby, 44, is charged with arson, aggravated assault and two counts of child abuse. He was being held Saturday in the Hillsborough County jail without bail.

Plant City man charged with arson, child abuse after dousing home in lighter fluid 02/16/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 3:19pm]
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