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Police: Tallahassee woman threw hot syrup on man during argument

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 13:55:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman has been charged with aggravated battery after she threw hot syrup on a victim, sending him to the hospital with severe burns.

Yvonne Williams, 63, was arrested on Monday.

According to arrest documents, officers were dispatched to an apartment on Appleyard Drive about a domestic disturbance. Police say the complainant, Williams, called to report she was in an argument with a male victim, which resulted in them throwing things at each other.

When officers arrived, documents say Williams told them that she and the victim got in a fight after he came home drunk and accused her of not doing things around the house.

She said the victim got in her face, so she pushed him away. Williams claimed that he then started throwing things at her, so she threw things back.

When officers asked if he was charging at her, Williams replied no and that she wasn't afraid of her the victim. She said that she just wanted him to "stop all the arguing and nonsense with her."

According to court documents, Williams made her way to the kitchen and told the victim to leave her alone or she was going to throw the hot syrup on him. Again, officers asked if the victim was threatening her, and Williams replied no.

Officers noted that Williams had two small cuts on the back of her head and a burn mark on her arm.

At first, Williams said the victim pushed her down and into a table, causing the injuries, but later admitted that the victim didn't push her until after she threw syrup on him. She also stated that she got the burns on her arm after she fell down.

Officers note that the apartment the two were in was clean and orderly, which was inconsistent with Williams' story about them throwing things at each other. 

Documents say the victim had severe burn marks on his chest and left arms as well as syrup on his mid-back. The burn marks on the victim were so severe he required hospitalization. 

Based on the victim's injuries, Williams was charged with domestic aggravated battery. After being released from the hospital for her own injuries, Williams was taken to the Leon County Jail.

She has since gotten out on a supervised pre-trial release. 

Williams was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon back in 2016 for allegedly stabbing the same victim, but the case was later thrown out by the state due to lack of evidence.