Police: Man burns girlfriend, denies her use of phone

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 26-year-old man faces three charges, including attempted murder, after police say he tried to set his girlfriend on fire at a Fraser motel Saturday morning and denied her access to a phone to call 911.

Police got to the Skipper Motel, which the couple called home, on the 31400 block of Groesbeck, at about 4:47 a.m. Saturday. What they found is a woman with her shirt burned, said Lt. Mike Pettyes of the Fraser Department of Public Safety.

As the woman was being loaded into an ambulance, police say she accused her boyfriend, Brandon Lovett, of pouring lighter fluid on her and setting her on fire, then preventing her from using a phone to call for help.

The victim, who police said is in her mid 20s, wasn’t able to call 911 until two hours after allegedly being burned. It was only when Lovett fell asleep that the woman said she was able to call authorities, Pettyes said.

Police arrested Lovett on the scene and charged him with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment, and interfering with a crime report. He was denied bond at his arraignment Saturday in 39th District Court, according to the Macomb County Jail website, meaning he will stay in jail until his case is decided.