What's love got to do with it? Plenty. Just ask J.C. Williams.
The 48-year-old wasn't feeling the love on Valentine's Day and was arrested by police after he set his ex-girlfriend's car on fire early Wednesday morning.
According to a police affidavit, Williams' ex-girlfriend told investigators he was upset because she didn't call or get him anything for Valentine's Day.
Police said Williams called his ex-girlfriend's cell phone and threatened to shoot and kill her. Several minutes later he turned those threats into action, dousing her 2003 Saturn with gasoline and lighting it afire.
"Some people do get carried away," said Desmond Garrett, neighbor.
"Oh my God, the insanity. That is totally insane," added Sandra Hamilton, looking at the charred remains of scorned love.
Williams was tracked down by police in the predawn hours. Police said they found matches and a 5-gallon plastic gas can in Williams' car. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and setting fire to personal property.
Near the South Memphis crime scene, 80 senior citizens were expected for a community Valentine's Day dance. Some of the women walking near the charred remains of the car said real love shouldn't spark that kind of fire.
"He should've been up getting something nice, to make her feel good not something to her to make her feel bad," commented Rose Ward,
"That's just a crying shame and I hope the lady who was the target didn't suffer," added Sandra Hamilton.
Olliette Murry-Drobot, The Family Safety Center executive director, says the ex-girlfriend could be a domestic violence victim.
"We have a tendency to see an increase in domestic violence around any holiday," she said.
Many focus on physical abuse, there is a steady uptick in harrassment and intimidation cases, Murry-Drobot added.
"It can be the destruction of someone's property, it can be put downs and blame and it often comes down to how does the victim feels," she said. "Does that victim feel she's been manipulated, or controlled or abused to help determine it's domestic violence going on."
Since Williams is accused of lighting his lover's flame, some say he needs to pay for it.
"He should be made to get her another car," Ward suggested.
He is due in Shelby County General Sessions court Friday at 8:30 a.m. to face charges. His bond was set at $40,000.
Do you or someone you know need help? Don't hesitate to call The Family Safety Center at 901-222-4400.
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