Judge frees woman who poured gasoline on Las Vegas detective | Nevada News


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman accused of dousing a Las Vegas police detective in gasoline has been released on her own recognizance.

KLAS-TV reported Friday that Kayla Powe was originally held on $13,000 bond. But she had a second hearing before another judge who authorized her release.

Powe faces charges of battery with the use of a deadly weapon where the victim is a first responder and assault with the use of a deadly weapon, according to court documents.

The incident happened on June 5 around 9 a.m. while the detective was getting gas outside a convenience store. A witness reported it, saying a woman was trying to start a fire nearby.

The detective found Powe with a bottle of gasoline and a lighter. According to police, the detective snatched the lighter from her hand when she tried to light a cigarette.

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Authorities say Powe then poured gasoline directly on his head. The detective described losing his sight and using a radio to call for help. He was worried that she had another lighter and was using it.

A witness says a laughing Powe kept trying to set things on fire with a cigarette or matches.

Powe told police when questioned that she wanted to burn down a business.

It was not immediately known Saturday whether she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

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