PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania couple and two other suspects have been charged with beating and setting fire to a woman they met on a chat line, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday.
The 20-year-old victim was allegedly lured from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia last month, where she was attacked by three adults who beat her, doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire, according to court documents.
The victim was able to extinguish the flames herself but was badly hurt, The Inquirer reported. Her assailants then put her back on a bus to Pittsburgh, where she reported the crime to police.
Police arrested Tamara Rhoades, 24; her husband, Michael, 34; and Steven Mills, 22 in connection with the crime. A 14-year-old who is a relative of the couple was also charged in connection with the case, but the district attorney's office did not reveal further details.
The three adults are charged with attempted murder, false imprisonment and arson, and bail was set at $750,000. All three remain in custody, the newspaper reported.
When police executed a search warrant at the couple's apartment, they discovered a second woman who was being held against her will, the newspaper reported. The 21-year-old victim had been beaten, prosecutors said.
Both women told police they had met Tamara Rhoades on a chat line.