Utah man lit woman on fire, then hid inside 10-foot hole, police say

Clinton police arrested a man Monday who they say lit a woman on fire with a road flare, then was founding hiding inside 10-foot hole in someone's backyard.

Clinton police arrested a man Monday who they say lit a woman on fire with a road flare, then was founding hiding inside 10-foot hole in someone's backyard. (Shutterstock)

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CLINTON — A man was arrested in Davis County Monday after police say he lit a woman on fire and then hid inside a hole with a cooler filled with drugs.

Clinton police were called to the area of 930 West and 2300 North on a report of a woman who had been burned by a road flare. When officers found the woman, she told them that Marc Allen Davis, 49, had "poured gasoline on her and lit it on fire with a road flare," which caused "severe scars," according to a police booking affidavit.

The woman's shirt and some skin on her chest were burned, according to Clinton police. She received treatment on scene but declined being transported to a local hospital, according to police.

Witnesses saw Davis run into a nearby yard after allegedly assaulting the woman. Police received permission from the homeowner to search the property.

While searching the backyard, Davis "was found hiding inside of an approximately 10-foot deep hole under a blanket," the affidavit states, although at least one witness claimed the hole was much shallower than that. After multiple commands by police, Davis crawled out of the hole and was arrested, the affidavit states.

Police then found a red cooler in the hole that Davis had just crawled out of. Inside that cooler, officers found drugs, drug paraphernalia and a knife, according to the affidavit. He was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, being a restricted person in possession of a weapon, drug distribution, three counts of drug possession, eight counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and obstruction of justice.

In March, Davis was charged in 2nd District Court with drug possession with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and driving on a denied license. At the time of his arrest in that case, prosecutors noted in court documents that Davis had "multiple prior felony convictions in California, including possession of a weapon by restricted person and an assault by prisoner for which he was sentenced to prison," in addition to having a warrant for his arrest in California at the time.

A new arrest warrant was issued for Davis in that case on March 26 when he failed to show up for court, according to court records. The warrant remained active at the time of Monday's arrest.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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