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An Arkansas man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly beating his wife, dousing lighter fluid on her and setting her on fire, police said.

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Alrick Powell, 39, was arrested by U.S. Marshals around 4:15 p.m. in North Little Rock, according to police. 

Police came to the couple’s house in Conway after a neighbor called 911 about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, saying that a woman was screaming that her husband just set her on fire. 

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The woman, identified as Powell’s wife, said she was arguing with her husband when he started beating her, police said. Powell allegedly pulled a belt around her neck, doused lighter fluid on her and set her on fire. 

The woman was able to get into the shower to put the flames out before running to her neighbor’s home, according to police.

Officers arrived and found the woman “badly injured with smoke coming from her body.” Powell had already fled the home. 

The couple’s handicapped 22-year-old daughter was sleeping in her bedroom during the altercation, according to police. 

The woman was taken to the hospital for burn treatment, police said. 



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