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Man faces assault charges
Accused of dousing wife in gasoline

DULUTH - A 65-year-old Duluth man faces arson and assault charges after dousing his wife in gasoline Sunday and threatening to burn her alive to avoid an impending divorce, police said.

Sang Choi remains without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail on aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit arson and reckless conduct charges.

Gwinnett police responded to Choi's Pinebloom Way residence around 10:30 p.m. to find a violent confrontation under way between Choi and his wife, Young Choi, 56.

The alleged victim told police her husband had become enraged over their "marital problems" and because she wouldn't make him lunch. He retrieved a five-gallon gasoline can from the garage, dousing his wife and the home "in an attempt to burn (her) and the house down so they wouldn't have to get divorced," a responding officer wrote in a police report.

Young Choi was able to fight her husband off and call for her daughter, Ji Kim, 35, who was upstairs. Kim witnessed her father physically assaulting her mother and called 911, the report said.

An officer noted a bump on Young Choi's head and the strong odor of gasoline on her and from the home's living room and kitchen, the report said. The suspect, who police said reeked of alcohol, allegedly told the officer the couple was "just arguing" before police arrived.

A medical unit responded to the scene but Young Choi refused transport to an area hospital. Her husband was arrested without further incident. His probable cause hearing, in which he could seek bond, is pending.