The Times, Munster, Ind.
CROWN POINT — A Merrillville man was in custody Thursday on charges alleging he attempted to light an ex-girlfriend on fire in November, stalked her for more than a month and returned Dec. 21 to shoot at her and her family.
Aaron A. White, 34, of Merrillville, was scheduled to make an initial appearance today in Lake Criminal Court on four counts of attempted murder, two felony counts of stalking and five felony counts of criminal recklessness.
According to court records, the woman broke up with White and he became angry Nov. 22, threw lighter fluid on her and attempted to light her on fire in the presence of her 20-year-old and 11-year-old daughters.
White threw the woman to a floor by her throat, but she was able to escape with her children, court records state.
White began texting the woman death threats and returned to her home in Gary’s Glen Park section Nov. 26, when he attempted to break in, broke out windows and stole Ring doorbells from the front and back entrances, court documents allege.
The woman told police he returned later the same day and broke the windshield on her car and a front window to the home.
The woman obtained a protection order against White on Nov. 30, records state.
On Dec. 7, he began sending the woman messages threatening to kill her and her ex-husband, if he could not find her, documents allege.
The woman was awakened Dec. 21 by an alert on her phone from her security camera.
She saw White walk up to the front of her home and attempt to rip the doorbell camera off the wall, records state.
White threw bricks through windows at the front of the house and her daughter’s bedroom, then attempted to break in through the front door as the woman called 911, records state.
White retreated to an abandoned home across the street, and the woman’s ex-husband arrived to pick up their daughter. The man’s current wife and his other daughter were in the vehicle with him.
As the 20-year-old daughter got into her father’s vehicle, White began shooting at them, records allege.
Their vehicle was shot at least two times before the father drove off. No one was wounded.
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