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Man arrested for attempted homicide

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: June 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Wednesday who they believe attempted to set his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend on fire.

According to a press release, Sylvester Francis Kulaga, 52, was released from the county jail on Saturday, where he had been serving time for grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and drug equipment.

Kulaga went to the home of his ex-girlfriend around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, unlocking a door via an open window.

Kulaga then doused the woman and her boyfriend in lighter fluid as they lay in bed, according to the press release, and tried to set them on fire by igniting a stream of paint from a spray paint can.

The woman was able to stop Kulaga, and managed to push him out of the house with the help of a roommate. Kulaga fled on foot, the sheriff's office said.

He is charged with with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and of battery. He is being held without bond.

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