Police: man poured hot grease on man and woman

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A bizarre incident in the city of Utica last night sends two people to the hospital with extensive burns and leaves one person facing charges.

It all started around 8 p.m. Monday when a woman went to visit her boyfriend on the 1000 block of Court Street in Utica.

When she entered, she told police she saw 52 year old Robert Dexter, heating up grease on the stove. She continued into another room and spoke with her boyfriend, but when the pair walked back into the kitchen, police say Dexter was holding a pan of hot grease in one hand, and a knife in the other.

Dexter reportedly then made reference to a dispute from the previous day, and without warning, threw the hot grease onto both the male and female, before fleeing the scene.

The grease caused extensive burns to both victims, and they were treated at the scene by the Utica Fire Department and transported to St. Luke's Hospital.

Roughly four hours later, Dexter was located and has now been charged with assault.

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