Apple Valley Woman Charged With Arson, Assault

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A 49-year-old Apple Valley woman is accused of attacking her husband with an exercise weight, setting their house on fire and stabbing herself with a screwdriver.

Rhonda Arkley was charged Wednesday with first-degree arson, second-degree assault and fleeing from a peace officer.

She is also accused of throwing gas on her husband and trying to light him on fire on Dec. 2. When police responded, the house was on fire and she was reportedly in a locked vehicle stabbing herself with a screwdriver.

The complaint says she drove away but was finally arrested after she drove over a spike strip. Police found her again pushing the screwdriver into her chest.

In a statement, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom says Arkley was in a secure hospital and will be jailed upon her release.

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  • Billy

    What a waste of human flesh.

  • Chelsey Little

    Mental evaluation? Maybe she should spend some time in St. Peter’s psych ward.

    • MarkoT

      Naaa – just let me do a lobotomy with an ax. She deserves no more and no better

  • Sad person

    I believe WCCO failed to report how she was having a hard time dealing with the suicide of her only son. No, this is not an excuse for what she did, but i feel for this women and her family. She needs help. Its sad she didn’t get any help before all this happened. This could have all been prevented. She wanted to kill herself and blamed her husband for their sons death. Such a sad tragic story. I pray for her and her family.

  • Me

    Actually, Rhonda has 2 other sons.

  • Pate

    People shouldn’t be so quick to judge.This woman was obviously hurting for her loss.While what she did was beyond acceptable,some of the remarks here are uncalled for.

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