Man doused with gasoline, chased with lighter at Edmond camp site

Police arrested Timothy Beeson, 58, after witnesses reported he poured gasoline over another man's head and tried to set him on fire at Arcadia Lake. The victim escaped by jumping into the lake.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: May 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm •  Published: May 2, 2012
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— Police arrested a man after witnesses said he poured gasoline on another man's head and tried to set him on fire at an Arcadia Lake camp site.

Timothy Beeson, 58, was being held Wednesday in the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of driving under the influence and attempted murder.

Edmond police officer James Hamm said someone called 911 about 11 p.m. Monday and reported an altercation between two men at a Central State Park camp site at Arcadia Lake.

Witnesses told police Beeson had poured gasoline over the victim's head. The victim, whose name was not released, was an acquaintance of Beeson's.

“The victim was able to run away from the suspect, who was chasing him with a lighter,” Hamm said. “While chasing the victim, the suspect actually set his own arm on fire and received very minor burns.”

The victim eventually jumped into the lake to protect himself, and Beeson fled in a vehicle, Hamm said. Police caught up to him on Second Street near Interstate 35.

“They noticed immediately that he smelled of gasoline and an alcoholic beverage,” Hamm said.

According to court records, Beeson has multiple previous convictions in Oklahoma County, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, violating a protective order and driving under the influence.


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