A man who set his girlfriend ablaze, killing her inside their motel room near Philadelphia, called his mother to say the victim’s burnt face resembled horror flick villain Freddy Krueger, authorities said. Firefighters found Melissa Bacon-Smith’s body after extinguishing an inferno sparked by a cup of gasoline and the victim’s lit cigarette. The flames spread and overtook their motel room in Bensalem, burning the 46-year-old woman alive just after 2 a.m. Sunday.
Investigators believe suspect Kevin Small, 46, bought a cup of fuel from a convenience store, brought it back to the motel and callously doused her with the gasoline because Bacon-Smith laughed at him,
“We believe she reached out to him and yelled his name and he left her in there to die,” Bensalem police Lt. Robert Bugsch said during a media briefing.
The suspect allegedly confessed to the assault on a phone call with mother. He saw the victim’s face before fleeing the fire and told his mother she “looked like Freddy Krueger,” according to a police report obtained
He was later arrested reeking of gasoline.
Police paraded the handcuffed Philadelphia resident out of court Sunday afternoon with bandages covering fresh burns on his hands. He appeared to express regret when confronted by reporters about Bacon-Smith’s death.
Small faces homicide and arson charges in suspicion of Bacon-Smith’s death. The blaze prompted residents and customers to evacuate from the motel where firefighters rescued at least three people from second floor rooms. Several people were treated for smoke inhalation.
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