Woman accused of trying to set resident on fire

Kimberly Bennington, who lives on Merribrook Court and is the estranged wife of a Fairborn police officer, is in the Montgomery County Jail on a $250,000 bond stemming from an incident that occurred at a home on Martha Avenue in Centerville.

Bennington is accused of improperly 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.

Police said the women know each other and the attack was not a random act.

Centerville police told News Center 7's Gabrielle Enright the woman said she woke up Sunday to find Bennington in her bedroom. There was a struggle and at some point she was doused with lighter fluid and Bennington left.

The woman declined to make a statement to News Center 7 but did tell Enright she was OK.

A preliminary hearing for Bennington is scheduled for Oct. 15.

She and her husband do not live together, according to reports.

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