The woman told officers she was at home when Grant Heaslewood, of Melbourne, arrived and confronted her, forcing her outside, reports say. Police said the woman resorted to climbing through a window to return inside when Heaslewood followed her and grabbed a nearby crème brûlée hand torch similar to those used in professional kitchens.
“He lit the torch and approached her. She believed she was going to get burned,” said Lt. Steven Sadoff of the Melbourne Police Department.
Police said Heaslewood still had the lit torch when the woman managed to get away. Later, the woman said, Heaslewood approached her again, this time threatening to throw her out of the home. The woman fled the residence and contacted police from a convenience store. Heaslewood was taken into custody a short time later.
Heaselwood was charged Sunday with aggravated assault with a weapon and battery. He was ordered held without bond at the Brevard County jail.