LANCASTER – A 54-year-old Lancaster woman is in jail after she allegedly tried to run down two people, crashed her car into a house and then poured gasoline inside a local business and tried to set it on fire, authorities said.
Dinia BardleyMatlock was arrested around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, according to LASD inmate records.
The alleged rampage began with a hit-and-run on the 43700 block of 17th Street East in Lancaster, according to Sgt. Steve Owen of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. He said deputies received the call around 4:10 p.m.
“When deputies arrived, they learned that the suspect’s vehicle was a dark green Camaro. They also learned that the suspect, who was later identified as a female driver, intentionally tried to run over the victim,” Owen said. “She struck him at least once, injuring his leg.”
The female driver then crashed into a house, damaging its garage, before fleeing the scene, Owen said.
Moments later, deputies received another emergency call about a dark green Camaro that deliberately crashed head on into a vehicle on the 43700 block of David Street, Owen said.
“When that victim got out of her car to ascertain the damage and exchange information, she noticed the suspect vehicle had backed up at a high rate of speed,” Owen said, adding that the victim then attempted to film the Camaro and its driver. “While the victim was doing that, the suspect deliberately accelerated her car and attempted to run that [victim] over. That victim ran behind her vehicle, hid, and the suspect vehicle collided into part of the victim’s vehicle,” Owen said.
The female driver again fled the scene. And moments later, there was another emergency call – this time at 606 East Avenue K, Owen said.
“In that call, a woman was described [as] having entered a business… poured gas throughout the business and was attempting to set the place on fire,” Owen said, adding that witnesses were able to prevent the woman from starting the fire. He said a couple of witnesses were injured by the suspect’s actions.
Deputies responded to the scene and took BardleyMatlock into custody. When deputies searched her dark green Camaro, they found a gas can and a stolen loaded revolver inside the trunk, Owen said.
He said deputy personnel then responded to BardleyMatlock’s home on the 1700 block of Le Niche Lane, after receiving information that a person might be injured at the residence.
“Deputy personnel went to that location and discovered the suspect had basically booby-trapped her house,” Owen said. “She’d left the gas on, left the fireplace on, the kitchen burners were on.”
Los Angeles County firefighters were called to the scene.
“The fire department responded and was able to render the house safe, preventing an explosion,” Owen said. “When deputies went in to clear the house and make sure there were no other victims inside, they found the suspect’s dog had been tied up and some things had been done to that dog. So we’re also charging that suspect with animal cruelty,” Owen added.
The dog was turned over to animal control officers.
BardleyMatlock is expected to be charged with several felony counts, including assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, attempted arson and animal cruelty, according to Owen.
She remains jailed on $250,000 bail.