Trucker Set Ex-Girlfriend on Fire at Trucking Company Before Torching Own Home, Police Say
St. Paul, MN — A trucker is facing a murder charge after police say he set his ex-girlfriend on fire at a trucking company they both worked for.
On Tuesday morning, the Saint Paul Police Department (SPPD) was called to the scene of a trucking facility on the 1700 block of Wynne Avenue — owned by SBS Group of Companies — after receiving a report of a woman on fire.
Upon arriving, investigators discovered a woman in her 40s unresponsive and not breathing.
She was badly burned and pronounced deceased a short time later.
According to the Star Tribune, SPPD Sgt. Natalie Davis said the woman — who was a mother of three children — had previously been in a decade-long relationship with truck driver Patrick Morris Simmons, 47, of Bloomington.
When the Bloomington Police went to locate Simmons they discovered him walking near his home which was also set ablaze.
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He was taken into custody and then interviewed by homicide investigators.
He was booked at the Ramsey County jail for murder, SPPD said.
Simmons’s father told the Star Tribune that his son had a history of mental illness and emotional instability.
“He was fixated on the occult and devil worship,” the father said. “They were out to get him. I thought he was going crazy.”
Additionally, the Star Tribune reported court records indicate Simmons had a history of abusive behavior toward the victim.
The two shared a home together until 2018 and she later filed an order for protection against Simmons in 2021.
“In what she described as the latest round of physical abuse from the man, the woman said last June he assaulted her, threatened to kill her and drugged her without her knowledge, the order for protection request alleged,” according to the report.
The woman requested the order be dismissed a month later.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow the investigation.