An Evansville man is accused of setting fire to a woman’s hair in an incident at a bar, according to a complaint filed Friday in Rock County Court.
Nicholas J. Larson, 28, of 20 Water St., Evansville, is charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct in the Dec. 16 incident.
The woman, who knows Larson, was reluctant to report the incident because she feared “escalation,” so police were not informed until Dec. 23, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman told police she was at Pete’s Inn, 14 N. Madison St., Evansville, when she put her head down on the bar, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman said she didn’t know her hair was on fire until someone hit her head to put out the fire, and then she smelled the burning hair, according to the complaint.
She had to cut off a “significant portion of her very long hair,” according to the complaint.
The woman said she didn’t have any hair product in her hair at the time, which she usually does, but if she had product in her hair, she believes her head would have gone up in flames, according to the complaint.
The bartender told police Larson was very drunk, and she saw him light the victim’s hair on fire, according to the complaint.
“Larson was sitting there laughing about it, and (the bartender) yelled at him to get out of the bar,” according to the complaint.
Larson told police he could not remember what happened because he was so drunk that night, according to the complaint.
In court Friday, Court Commissioner Stephen Meyer released Larson on a signature bond and ordered him not to drink alcohol and not to have contact with the victim, witnesses or Pete’s Inn while his case is pending.