Man Rescued from Fire, Then Charged with Sex Crime

WINFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man rescued from his burning home is now charged with a sexual assault that allegedly happened in the house just before the fire broke out.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Elijah Wisniewski of Winfield was charged Monday. He is jailed on $50,000 cash-only bond.

Wisniewski was rescued Thursday after a Winfield officer saw flames coming from the home. At about the same time of the rescue, a woman called police to say she had been sexually assaulted by Wisniewski inside the home.

She told police she flicked cigarette ashes on a coffee table prior to the assault. She left after the alleged assault. Police discovered flames soon after that time.

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