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Westminster man charged with malicious burning, assault

Eric Wayne Crizer
Eric Wayne Crizer (Courtesy Photo)

A Westminster man, Eric Wayne Crizer, was charged with malicious burning and assault after allegedly headbutting a woman and lighting a piece of clothing on fire.

Crizer, 24, of the unit block of Madison Street, was charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count each of threat of arson and second-degree malicious burning. He was being held Thursday without bail after a bail review, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of probable cause, an officer of the Westminster Police Department responded to a residence on Wednesday for a reported assault. The officer made contact with the alleged victim, who said she had been assaulted a few minutes before.

She and Crizer entered an argument and he told her to to leave, according to the statement. She attempted to leave the residence, but then Crizer grabbed her, preventing her from leaving, and headbutted her, she said.

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As she gathered items to try to leave, Crizer ripped the items out of her hand and tried to take and destroy her cellphone, the woman told police. He ripped one article of clothing and burned another with a lighter, she said, according to the statement.

Crizer then threatened to burn down the residence, she said. As she was leaving with two children, Crizer grabbed them and pushed them outside the residence. A neighbor came over and tried to separate the two parties and Crizer took out a knife threatening to slash the woman’s tires, she said, according to the statement.

No attorney was listed for Crizer in electronic court records. A second bail review was scheduled for Friday. A court appearance was scheduled for Oct. 30.

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