Sheriff's deputies forcibly arrested a man today after he allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend and their infant daughter by burning their apartment, and then fought with firefighters and neighbors at the scene.
The arson and attempted murder inside an apartment unit at 38700 10th St. East was reported around 4:10 a.m., according to sheriff's Lt. Dustin Stillwell.
The suspect, 42-year-old Tony Stribling, allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend and their infant daughter while they were sleeping, by lighting some clothing on fire and then putting the burning material in the apartment's oven, said Stillwell.
The flames spread to other parts of the kitchen, causing an estimated $5,000 in damages and heavy smoke inside the apartment, said Stillwell.
The commotion woke up the intended victims, who managed to escape from the burning unit, said Stillwell. Stribling then stood on the second floor landing and physically tried to prevent other tenants from evacuating an adjacent apartment, said Stillwell.
One of those tenants, a woman, managed to escape Stribling after he wrapped a towel around her neck to stop her from leaving, said Stillwell.
When firefighters arrived, Stillwell said, the suspect refused to leave the unit and then tried to stop the firefighters from putting out the flames by fighting with them.
When Deputies Jashua Whiting and Jacob Montez responded to the scene, they found a naked Stribling battling with firefighters, said Stillwell. The suspect then reentered the apartment, where he laid down on the floor and began kicking at the deputies to stop them from arresting him, said Stillwell.
Montez finally tasered Stribling to subdue him and put him into custody, said Stillwell.
The motive for the attack was unknown.
Detectives from the sheriff's Arson Explosives Detail will handle the investigation of this attack, said Stillwell.
Stribling was booked at Palmdale station.