Longview man accused of attacking pregnant woman, arson

 LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Longview police say a man attacked his pregnant roommate and set a blanket on fire in their apartment on Sunday.

According to an arrest affidavit, 35-year-old Derek Clinton Ward is accused of forcing the woman's knees into her stomach using his 210-pound body weight. He was taken to jail.The victim, who is six months pregnant, says the altercation began after they were sitting on the couch talking. She told police Ward later set a blanket on fire on the couch, but there was no major damage.

Ward was released from the Gregg County Jail today on $12,000 bond, charged with arson, assault/family violence and terroristic threat against someone in his household.


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