Father ‘high on drugs, hallucinates and tries to burn images off daughter’s hands using a blow torch’

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.

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