An Augusta man who allegedly doused his wife in gasoline and set her on fire was detained in Aiken County on Sunday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
Ronnie Lee Jones, 30, was seen on Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta late Sunday and was later arrested without incident, according to Sgt. Shane McDaniel, a spokesman for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities had received a tip that Jones might be in the area. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Monday morning with a hold for Richmond County.
Jones was wanted for aggravated assault after allegedly dousing his wife in gasoline and then setting her on fire, according to McDaniel. The incident happened Friday at an automotive shop on 15th Street in Augusta, where Jones was residing.
According to jail records, Jones has two previous arrests in Aiken County, including one last month for assault and battery and burglary.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.