Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
NORCROSS -- Hell hath no fury (or fire) like a woman scorned.
A Norcross woman was arrested over the weekend after reportedly trying to torch her husband's clothes during a domestic dispute. Cherese Lashaun Essien, 31, was charged with first-degree arson before being released on $5,700 bond.
According to Gwinnett County fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge, authorities responded to Essien's apartment on the 3900 block of Elmside Village Lane Saturday after she "apparently set fire to clothing inside a bedroom closet within the apartment unit." There was some type of argument that preceded the incident, Rutledge said.
"The fire caused minor damage to the closet and sent slight smoke throughout the apartment," Rutledge said. "There were no injuries reported and the husband was not displaced from the apartment because of the fire."
First-degree arson is a felony and can be punished by one to 20 years in prison.