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Man doused wife with gasoline, tried to set her on fire, arrest report says

Updated Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 8:22 p.m.

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Christian Michael Ellis

A Las Vegas man attempted to burn his gasoline-soaked wife and home Monday after an argument over his desire to drive while intoxicated, a Metro Police arrest report stated.

The argument began after Melissa Ellis hid Christian Ellis’ car keys to prevent him from driving drunk from their home in the 8000 block of Villa Pulido Street, near Grand Teton and Buffalo drives, the report said. The two had been married for 18 years and had one child together, but recently Christian Ellis had become depressed over losing his job due to a DUI about three weeks ago.

Sensing that her husband might become violent, Melissa Ellis locked him out of the home when he went to search for his keys in the garage, the report said. Christian Ellis, 41, then kicked down the door to re-enter the home and began destroying items in the home.

He then walked back into the garage to retrieve gasoline and a blow torch, and began dumping the gasoline in the house telling Melissa Ellis, “I know how much you love this house; I’m going to burn it down!,” the report said.

Christian Ellis proceeded to douse Melissa Ellis with gasoline, the report said. Melissa Ellis knocked the torch and gasoline tank from her husband’s hands, but he returned with a lighter and began trying to light her on fire.

Melissa Ellis was able to kick the lighter from her husband's hands and escaped to a neighbor’s home where she called police, the report said. Their son observed the entire incident, the report said.

Police arrested Christian Ellis after a brief barricade incident. He was booked into Clark County Detention Center and has been charged with one count of attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon and fourth-degree arson.

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  1. Mental health in our country....the last concern of the public health system, when it should be the first.

  2. The wife was thinking fast during the entire incident. It is obvious who is holding things together at that household. God bless her and her son.

  3. You are correct AshleyAshley but you have to remember something. It costs money. When the government asks for money you are always one of the first to post here how they are not getting anymore of your money.

    You can't have it both ways. You can not ask the government to take care of the public than say you won't pay for it.

  4. This cat needs to be revoked of many citizen privileges.

  5. vegaslee, I often object to high salaries for elected officials and public servants. Like LV firefighters who make 140k an average a year, and a school superintendant that made 400k plus after his pay and benefits and extras. I think there are a lot of overly induldged people who work for the city and state, and if someone were looking at the budget differently they would scale down the pay and redistribute the money elsewhere where it's needed, instead of saying bigger budget, look at what's there and figure out how to make it work with what you have. People like to site salaries of other areas and parts of the country in defense of raises for officials, but the people they serve are getting no greater benefit from it, nor do they get a raise. Budgets have gotten out of control and the worse part is how they're actually divided upon the expenses of pay of higher up officials verse output for the people served. I say more money for the people served.