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Report: Jealousy prompted arson act from Lilburn man

Jose Torres

Jose Torres

LILBURN -- A Lilburn man is scheduled to face a judge this week on charges he tried to ignite a home containing his girlfriend and the man he suspected she was sleeping with, authorities said.

Jose Vicente Torres, 35, will face charges of first-degree arson in a probable cause hearing set for Friday, records show. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Torres' girlfriend, Silvia Espinoza, 49, told police he had been drinking and became irate last Tuesday night when his suspiciousness got the best of him.

Torres believed his girlfriend was romantically involved with her male roommate, who was renting a room in a Jon Jeff Drive home owned by Espinoza, according to a Lilburn police report.

When Espinoza locked herself in a bedroom, Torres doused the bedroom door in gasoline and lit it with a candle, the report says.

Espinoza and her roommate knocked the fire down before police arrived. Torres, who also lives at the home, admitted to the arson and reeked of gasoline and alcohol, an officer wrote.

"He had burn marks on his eyebrows as well as his hand," said Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Bruce Hedley. "We found the gasoline (container) nearby."

No other injuries were reported. The home suffered minor fire and smoke damage, Hedley said.

Torres complained of a hand injury and was treated by EMS medics at the police department before his arrest, the report says.