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Police catch man who allegedly doused girlfriend with perfume, set her on fire

| Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7:25 p.m.
Clinton C. Cohen, suspect in burning of Springdale woman on Feb. 28, 2013. WPXI

After a two-day manhunt, police on Saturday found the man suspected of lighting his ex-girlfriend on fire in her Springdale apartment on Thursday.

Police arrested Clinton C. Cohen, 27, about 4 p.m. Saturday in Pittsburgh's Marshall-Shadeland section, according to Pittsburgh Zone 1 police.

Authorities have been searching for Cohen, who they said poured flammable perfume over his ex-girlfriend and set her on fire with a cigarette lighter in front of their 3-month-old daughter.

Cohen was arrested in a Marshall-Shadeland residence without incident, then taken to the Allegheny County Jail, according to police.

The suspect choked and punched the woman, breaking her nose, according to police.

Police said the victim, Maria Redman, 22, of Pittsburgh Street in Springdale, was in a Pittsburgh hospital with second-degree burns over a third of her body. Allegheny County police Lt. Jeffrey Korczyk said Redman was in “critical, but stable condition” late this past week.

No update on her condition was available Saturday evening.

Redman's infant was unharmed, but was found with her mother's blood on her, police said.

Police said Cohen faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, arson, risking a catastrophe, child endangerment and reckless endangerment regarding residents of other apartments.

Cohen, who authorities say had no fixed address, simply “floats place to place.” He had been known to frequent the Sharpsburg, Wilkinsburg and Kittanning areas.

Police have said that an argument between Cohen and Redman might have been over living arrangements.

Cohen was not living at Redman's Springdale apartment, according to police.

“I don't know if there had been other problems between the two (with the victim), but we know he has a history of domestic assaults,” Korczyk said.

Mary Ann Thomas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4691 or mthomas@tribweb.com.

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