Springfield woman charged with hitting man on head with liquor bottle, setting his car on fire

SPRINGFIELD — Police arrested a 37-year-old woman on charges that she hit a man in the head with a liquor bottle and then set his car on fire, officials said.

Lashawanda Naylor of East Bay Terrace is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and burning a motor vehicle.

The charges are in connection with an Aug. 20 car fire at Wellington Street and Wilbraham Road. The fire was determined to be arson and the city Arson and Bomb Squad and police detectives started an investigation, according to Capt. Drew Piemonte, Fire Department spokesman.

The driver of the car had been hit in the head by a woman, who then poured oil inside the car and tossed fireworks into the back seat before leaving. The fireworks apparently ignited a fire that consumed the vehicle, he said.

The investigators identified Naylor as the assailant and obtained an arrest warrant for her. The relationship between Naylor and the victim was not disclosed beyond their knowing each other.

Naylor was taken into custody Wednesday morning when police responded to a report of illegal dumping on Tilton Street, according to police spokesman Ryan Walsh. Officers found her with a man who was removing trash from her car.

She was taken into custody, and the unnamed man was ordered to remove the trash.

Naylor is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in Springfield District Court.

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