Woman in coma after boyfriend beat her, set her on fire

The 46-year-old has been charged with attempted murder.
Publish date:
The 5100 block of Colfax Avenue North.

The 5100 block of Colfax Avenue North.

A woman is in a medically-induced coma after suffering a severe beating and strangling at the alleged hands of her boyfriend, who then tried to set fire to her.

That's according to charges filed against Richard Bullock, 46, of Minneapolis, who is accused of 2nd-degree attempted murder, 1st-degree assault, and 2nd-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in the incident early Monday morning.

The charges state Bullock and his girlfriend were drinking inside an R.V. parked near 5100 Colfax Ave. N. at 3 a.m., when they began to argue.

A woman living nearby heard them fighting and went to the R.V., where she saw the assault unfold.

Bullock jumped up from a table and punched his girlfriend "multiple times in the face," before strangling her four times, stopping when she passed out, then resuming when she started breathing again.

He then escalated the assault, by hitting her several times in the head and body with a metal object.

As both the girlfriend and the witness pleaded with him to stop, he said he was going to set his girlfriend on fire, grabbing a bottle of rubbing alcohol and dousing her in it.

He then set her alight, causing her to be "engulfed in flames," before trying to extinguish her by dumping water on her and removing her clothes.

The woman managed to escape the RV and drive herself to a hospital, where she remains in a medically-induced coma and suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

The witness left the RV and returned home, only for Bullock to follow her and threaten her with a pink handgun, saying: "You will not make it to trial to testify against me."

He was arrested a short time later at 5413 Logan Ave. N., following a brief chase through the backyard.

A warrant executed at the property turned up the pink handgun belonging to Bullock.

Next Up