Police catch man who allegedly doused girlfriend with perfume, set her on fire
By Mary Ann Thomas
Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
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 email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- A-K Valley students offer Franklin Regional ‘strong’ support
- Leechburg adds 2 part-time police officers
- Bronze flower vases stolen from Lower Burrell cemetery
- Burrell school board reviews security plan
- Agreement nears on Springdale police chief’s duties
- Peregrine falcons hang around Tarentum Bridge
- Experts: Cold weather requires A-K Valley residents to check gardens
- Stork has arrived at Harmar eagle nest
- Penn Energy Resources to begin Clinton Township bridge repair project
- Youngest of 3 Hays eaglets eating as parents have provided a lot of food
- Cheswick fire truck to arrive in June