Fairborn woman accused of trying to light woman on fire

Kimberly Bennington, who lives on Merribrook Court and is the estranged wife of a Fairborn police captain, is being held in the Montgomery County jail on a $250,000 bond in connection to an incident that occurred at a home on Martha Avenue in Centerville.

Bennington is accused of illegally entering the home and then attempting to cause injury by pouring gas on a woman and then trying to ignite the fuel, according to documents filed in Kettering Municipal Court.

Officers who responded to the scene located a gas can, a lighter and a container of lighter fluid, court records show.

An arrest warrant was issued for Bennington on charges of aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated arson, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Centerville police said Bennington was arrested at her home in Fairborn.

The women knew each other and the attack was not a random act, said John Davis, Centerville’s community relations officer. The victim woke up Sunday to find Bennington in her bedroom and there was a struggle.

“Somebody was angry and there was a dispute,” Davis said. “The suspect had a gas can and a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid on her, and it ended up all over the victim.”

The victim did not suffer any injuries and did not require medical attention at the scene, Davis said. Centerville police declined to provide additional details, citing that the investigation is pending.

A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Bennington and her husband do not live together, according to reports.

Staff writer Steven Matthews contributed to this story.

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