Police have arrested a Cornelius man who doused his wife and his house with gasoline.
They say the man threatened to burn his home it to the ground Saturday afternoon during a five-hour standoff.
It all started at about 10 a.m. Saturday, when 35-year-old Amaury Lopez allegedly assaulted his wife and children, according to police. He had also poured gasoline on his wife.
Both Lopez's wife and children made it out safely shortly after police arrived, according to Forest Grove Fire Division Chief David Nemeyer.
Lopez's wife warned police he had poured gasoline inside the home. Police set up a barricade and evacuated the neighborhood as negotiators worked to coach Lopez out of his house, according to Nemeyer.
"They asked us to evacuate," said neighbor Tommy Tucci who lives behind Lopez. "I wasn't able to at the time so I had to bring the dogs in and keep the kids away from any side of the walls that might explode from the house behind us."
Police say Lopez walked out of the house with his hands in the air about five hours later. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A police spokesman says when he's released from the hospital, Lopez is expected to be charged with attempted murder, assault, kidnapping and domestic violence.
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