OKC Man Accused Of Setting Father On Fire


Tuesday, April 23rd 2013, 2:08 pm
By: News 9


Police have arrested a man accused of pouring gasoline on his father and lighting him on fire after the two argued about the suspect's stereo being too loud.

On Monday, April 22, 38-year-old David Anthony Smith was sitting in his bedroom in a house in the 2300 block of S.W. 49th Street. Smith's father walked into the room and told him to turn his music down.

According to the police report, Smith instead turned the music up and the two men began arguing.

Police said Smith went to the kitchen, grabbed a can of gasoline and poured it on his father. The victim told police Smith then grabbed a cigarette lighter and ignited the gasoline.

The victim's clothes caught fire. He and a woman in the house put out the flames and called 911. By the time an ambulance and police arrived, Smith had left the scene. The victim was rushed to the hospital with burns on his legs, chest and face.

Police later found Smith walking down the street. When he was taken into custody, he was wearing a necklace made of prescription pills identified as Soma, a muscle relaxer. He did not have a prescription for the pills.

Smith was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of attempted murder, first-degree arson and possession of a controlled, dangerous substance without prescription.