Three arrested after children doused in gasoline - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Three arrested after children doused in gasoline

Posted: Updated:
Three more people have been arrested in Memphis after they allegedly poured gasoline on a family during a Marshall County, MS, home invasion. Three more people have been arrested in Memphis after they allegedly poured gasoline on a family during a Marshall County, MS, home invasion.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Three more people have been arrested in Memphis after they allegedly poured gasoline on a family during a Marshall County, MS, home invasion.

Martin Mitchell, of Holly Springs, and Cedric McNeil, of Memphis, were arrested along with a juvenile Friday.

The U.S. Marshals Service helped local law enforcement agents in the search.

The three are accused of storming into a home on Early Grove Road late Wednesday night and dousing a woman and 3 children, the youngest of whom was just 3-months-old, in gasoline.

The youngest child was just 3-months-old.

"From what we understand they weren't armed with anything," said Marshall County Sheriff's Major Kelly McMillen. "But they had a gas jug."

McMillen said everyone was ordered to lie on the floor.

"They started dashing gas everywhere in the living room," he said. "Some on the children, some on the furniture, whatever."

He said something could have easily sparked a deadly fire.

"We're not sure how much was dispersed, but any amount in that residence could have blown the place up," said McMillen.

A large screen TV was among the items the suspects attempted to take. However, it broke into pieces when they dropped it on the ground.

Deputies say Qwanesha Rhine and Shantel Fitzpatrick waited outside the house. Both of them were charged Thursday with burglary and assault.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow