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UNION CITY — A father who police say got high, hallucinated and tried to burn phantom images off his daughter’s hands using a blow torch was arrested this week on suspicion of being under the influence and possession of methamphetamine, police said.

The suspect — Arnel Pecson, 44 — was behind bars Thursday night in the Santa Rita jail after a judge set his bail at $30,000, court records show. Pecson did not seriously injure his daughter, said Cmdr. Ben Horner.

Officers responded to a call Monday evening at a home in the 4700 block of Andrea Way after the man’s daughter, who Horner said is in her 20s, called police and told them her father was hallucinating from using meth.

The victim told police her father was seeing figures and faces on the end of her hands so he picked up an acetylene torch, often used for welding, lit it, then tried to burn the images off her hands, Horner said.

At one point during the incident, the victim said, her father struck her several times in the chest.

The victim was not seriously injured and managed to run into the backyard of the home and call police.

Officers found the man hiding inside the home and arrested him following a short struggle, Horner said.

The man’s daughter, Horner said, declined to press assault charges against her father.

“It is common for long-time methamphetamine users to begin to experience hallucinations as the drug begins to affect their brain chemistry,”




A Union City man who police say tried to burn his daughter with a blow torch was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of possessing meth and being under the influence of meth.

According to the Fremont Argus, the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Arnel Pecson, was being held at Santa Rita jail Thursday night with a bail of $30,000.

The adult daughter was not seriously injured, Cmdr. Ben Horner told the Fremont Argus.

Officers were sent to a home on the 4700 block of Andrea Way Monday night after receiving a call from the daughter, who is in her 20s. The daughter told authorities that her father was hallucinating off meth and seeing faces on her hands, according to the Argus.

The father then picked up a blow torch, like those used for welding, and tried to burn the figures off of his daughter’s hands. He also struck her in the chest several times, the Argus reports.

The woman managed to flee to the backyard and call police.

Officers responded to the home where the found the suspect hiding inside the home and arrested him after a short struggle.

The daughter, however, declined to file assault charges, police said. Instead, Pecson was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of .6 grams of methamphetamine.



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