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Woodstock man charged with attempted murder

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 4:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 31, 2014 11:12 a.m. CDT
Anthony Cohn was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of aggravated battery.

WOODSTOCK – A 32-year-old Woodstock man was charged Friday with attempted murder after police said he sprayed a female acquaintance with accelerant and lit her on fire.

Woodstock police learned through an investigation that Anthony D. Cohn sprayed the 36-year-old acquaintance with accelerant and ignited it following an argument late Thursday afternoon, near the 100 block of N. Seminary Ave., said Chief Robert Lowen.

The investigation started after police and firefighters were called at 7:54 a.m., Friday, to the 200 block of S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, for a 36-year-old female needing treatment for burns to her back, Lowen said.

Witnesses at the scene on Thursday helped put out the flames on the female, but she suffered serious burns. She was transported to Centegra Hospital – Woodstock on Friday for treatment.

"They were friends, and she wasn't going along with his wishes, so he sprayed accelerant on her and [lit] her on fire," Lowen said.

Police charged Cohn with attempted murder and aggravated battery, both Class X felonies. He was taken to the McHenry County Jail, where he awaits a bond hearing.

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