Farmington Hills Man Charged with setting Woman on Fire

REDFORD, MI – William G. Helmer, 63-years-old, has been formally charged in connection with setting a 62-year-old woman on fire. 

William Helmer and the victim, Dorothy Spinella, were acquainted with each other and both resided in Farmington Hills.

On Saturday November 9th, 2019, at 8:07 p.m., citizens flagged down a Redford police officer near a Coney Island in the 25810 block of Seven Mile Road in Redford because 62-year-old Dorothy Spinella was lying on the ground emitting smoke, with severe burns on her body. She was able to speak briefly before medics transported her to a local hospital for treatment.  After the police requested help from the public to locate Helmer, he was arrested by the U.S. Marshal Task Force on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019.

Today William Helmer has been charged with one count of Assault with Intent to Murder and Aggravated Assault.  He is scheduled to be arraigned at 3:00 pm. this afternoon in 17th District Court in Redford.

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