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Woman accused of attempted murder, arson at ex-boyfriend’s home

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published February 10, 2020

 Lilly Xiong

Lilly Xiong

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Shelby Township family had a frightening night Feb. 5 after a woman allegedly broke into their home, attempted to burn it down and fired a rifle at the father of her ex-boyfriend.

Lilly Xiong, 21, of Pontiac, was arraigned Feb. 6 at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township on charges of attempted murder, home invasion and attempted arson.

Police received a call at 12:55 a.m. Feb. 5 from a woman at a house on Bruce Hill Drive, off 24 Mile Road, west of Shelby Road, who stated that her brother’s ex-girlfriend had broken into the home and was armed with a rifle.

Police believe that Xiong might have gained entry through a main floor window.

The caller’s father, who was also home at the time, located Xiong in the basement of the home and confronted her, according to Shelby Township police.

During the confrontation, Xiong allegedly fired the gun at the father. The shot missed him and he was able to wrestle Xiong to the ground, police said.

Police are unsure how long the struggle lasted or how close the bullet came to hitting the father.

Soon after the call, officers arrived and took Xiong into custody without a struggle.

After further investigation, police discovered that Xiong allegedly had poured lighter fluid onto carpeting and other items in the basement before the father confronted her.

“(The) victim noticed (a) wet area found on basement carpeting. Charcoal fluid (was) found in the basement and (a) smell of chemicals,” Shelby Township Police Lt. Patrick Barnard said in an email.

Police believe a relationship between Xiong and the son recently had ended and that incidents had been occurring for three weeks.

Police said Xiong had parked her vehicle one block away from the home before breaking in.

Xiong is being lodged at the Macomb County Jail. Attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Xiong was given a $200,000 cash bond.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

“Our officers responded quickly to the residence and took the suspect into custody. Swift actions by the homeowner prevented a tragedy. We are thankful nobody was injured,” Shelby Township Police Capt. Jason Schmittler said in an email.

Xiong requestd a court-appointed attorney. One had not been appointed as of press time.

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