Crime & Courts

Report: Fort Mill man tried to burn down camper with wife inside

Johnny Ross
Johnny Ross

A Fort Mill man poured gasoline into a camper with his wife inside and then threatened to burn it down, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a disturbance on Saddlewood Drive about 2 p.m. Friday, according to a sheriff’s report. The victim was locked in the camper when deputies arrived.

The suspect, 60-year-old Johnny Ray Ross, said his wife tried to choke him in the car during an argument, and that she took the keys from the ignition and locked herself in the camper trailer in their driveway. Ross said he then threatened to burn the trailer down.

Ross reportedly took the title to the camper, which apparently belongs to the victim, from her backpack and refused to give it back, the report states.

The victim said that while she was locked in the camper, Ross threw a pipe through the door screen, the report states. He then poured gasoline into the camper through the hole in the screen, and held a lighted piece of paper through the hole.

Ross admitted to pouring gasoline into the camper but denied lighting a piece of paper on fire. The victim denied taking Ross’ keys and said he loses them regularly.

Ross was charged with criminal domestic violence and placed in the York County detention center, where he remained Monday under $5,000 bond.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala