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Man accused of trying to set fire to girlfriend, child

A Raleigh man is accused of trying to set his girlfriend and her child on fire, according to arrest warrants.

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Michael Cornelius Williams
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh man is accused of trying to set his girlfriend and her child on fire, according to arrest warrants.

An arrest warrant states that on July 9, Michael Cornelius Williams, 40, of 409 Donald Ross Drive, threw gasoline into a vehicle occupied by his girlfriend and her 7-year-old child.

Williams was charged Thursday with one count of assault on a child under age 12. He was placed in the Wake County jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Williams' criminal record dates to 1987 and includes convictions for assault, indecent exposure, common-law robbery and dealing drugs, according to state Department of Correction records.

DOC records state that Williams was convicted as a habitual felon in 2002 but was released two years into a 10- to 12-year sentence when the conviction was vacated. He racked up 17 infractions while in prison. His release was originally scheduled for 2014.

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