Redford Township — A Farmington Hills man was arraigned Thursday on charges related to setting a 62-year-old woman on fire, officials said.

William Gary Helmer, 63, was arraigned the 17th District Court in Redford Township and remanded to jail after, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 

Helmer was charged with one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of aggravated assault

The Probable Cause Conference and the Preliminary Examination are both on December 3, 2019 at 8:40 a.m.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for the assault with intent to murder charge.

Police said Redford Township citizens flagged down a police officer at about 8:07 p.m. Saturday near a restaurant in the 25800 block of Seven Mile. They showed him a woman lying on the ground with smoke coming from her severely burned body, according to officials.

The woman was able to speak, and medics quickly transported her to a hospital, prosecutors said.

Police were able to determine the suspect and the victim both know each other and live in Farmington Hills, they said.

Investigators requested tips from the public to find the suspect, who was found and arrested Tuesday by U.S. Marshals.

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