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Husband jailed in blow torch attack

AUBURN -- Police have charged an Auburn man with aggravated assault for allegedly dousing his wife in gasoline and trying to ignite her with a blow torch.

Gwinnett police on Aug. 29 responded to a domestic call at a home on Flowery Branch Road in Auburn, where they found Courteney Lingerfelt soaked with gasoline, one officer wrote in a report.

Lingerfelt told police she'd argued with her husband, Julian, after the two arrived at the home. The spat escalated, and Julian Lingerfelt doused her in fuel and came at her with a blow torch, until she ran to a neighbor's home, the report states.

"(She) stated that she was in fear of her life and that Mr. Lingerfelt came very close to lighting her on fire with the blow torch," an officer wrote.

Julian Lingerfelt had driven away and was nowhere to be found when police arrived. Calls to his cell phone by police went straight to voice mail that day, the report says.

The home's property owner told police he has a restraining order against Courteney Lingerfelt, but he'd been letting her stay there until her divorce from Julian was finalized. She was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation regarding the gasoline, the report says.

Court records show the alleged victim filed for divorce against her husband in July.

Julian Lingerfelt was booked in the Gwinnett County Jail on felony aggravated assault charges Thursday, where he remains without bond.