Man doused with lighter fluid, beaten


Whitney police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the assault of a man earlier this month who was doused with lighter fluid, beaten and dumped in the bushes.

Arrested was 22-year-old Cirilo Joe Balderas who was picked up Wednesday and served with a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The arrest was made in the 200 block of Lehman Farm Road in Whitney.

The incident itself was reported to have occurred June 3 in the 800 block of East Davis Street in Whitney.

The victim had lighter fluid poured over him, then was beaten and kicked and dumped.

The victim was transported to Hill Regional Hospital for treatment.

After his arrest, Balderas was taken to the Hill County Jail. 

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