A father allegedly got high on drugs, hallucinated and tried to burn phantom images off his daughter’s hands using a blow torch, police said.
Arnel Pecson, 44, of Union City, California, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence and possession of methamphetamine.
Pecson’s daughter, who is in her twenties, called police on Monday night and told them that her father was hallucinating from using methamphetamine, reported Mercury News.
Arrested: Arnel Pecson allegedly got high on methamphetamine, hallucinated and tried to burn phantom images off his daughter¿s hands using a blow torch at their California home on Monday night
She told police that her father was seeing figures and faces on her hands so picked up an acetylene torch, commonly used for welding, lit it and attempted to burn the images off, according to Cmdr. Ben Horner.
During the drug-induced attack, Pecson allegedly struck his daughter several times in the chest.
However, the victim managed to flee into the home’s backyard and call police.
Responding officers found Pecson hiding inside the home and arrested him after a brief struggle, Horner told the paper.
Pecson did not seriously injure his daughter, according to police.
The victim, who was not identified, declined to press assault charges against her father.
However, Pecson was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of .6 grams of methamphetamine.
Pecson was being held at Santa Rita jail on Thursday night, where his bond is set at $30,000.