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Man faces arson, assault, contempt charges after setting fire to tent where girlfriend slept

Ryan Osborne mug shot
Photo: Riverhead Town Police

A Riverhead man is facing assault, arson and contempt charges after setting fire to a tent his girlfriend was sleeping in last night in a wooded area off Forge Road in Calverton, according to Riverhead Town Police.

Ryan Osborne, 30, poured an “unknown accelerant” onto the woman’s body and the tent, police said.

The victim was able to extinguish the flames on her body but suffered burns on her lower legs, face and hands, police said. She was transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of her injuries, according to the police report.

The fire spread to the wooded area where the tent was located and required Riverhead Fire Department to put it out, police said.

Osborne was located by patrol officers in close proximity to the scene and arrested on charges of aggravated criminal contempt, a class D felony, second-degree assault, a class D felony and fifth-degree arson, a class A misdemeanor, according to police. He was transported to Riverhead Police Headquarters for processing and held for arraignment.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.