Man accused of wanting to set girlfriend on fire (Video)

Sonny Long

March 14, 2013 at 9:02 a.m.
Updated March 14, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.

Trust issues and $10 almost got Kacey Gibson set on fire Thursday morning.

Gibson's boyfriend, Jeremy Powell, 27, doused her with lighter fluid and threatened to burn her after the couple's verbal argument turned physical, she told police.

Powell, who lists Cuero as his address but is believed to be living with Gibson, was arrested by Victoria police and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and arson.

Gibson said she and Powell argued after she went out with a friend the night before after he had fallen asleep.

Powell woke up, called Gibson, and the two argued on the telephone, with Powell accusing her of cheating on him, she said.

"He threatened to call the police on me for abandoning my child," she said.

When Gibson returned home, the argument escalated.

"It got ugly. It got real ugly with words. Then it got physical," she said.

The couple eventually fell asleep, and when Gibson woke up first, she retrieved her telephone that Powell had taken from her and refused to give it back.

"About 10 minutes later, he woke up and was looking for my phone, he then started asking about his $10," Gibson said.

"He started screaming, 'That's my money. That's my money.' Then he threatened to set the whole house on fire," Gibson said.

"Trust issues and $10. That's what it was over."

Gibson said Powell started squirting lighter fluid on the kitchen floor, the dining room floor, the living room floor, her room - then on her.

"I told him to stop, but he didn't want to stop," she said.

Gibson said Powell tried lighting a piece of paper and said to her, "I'm about to burn your a--!"

Gibson then called 911.

"When I said his name to the dispatcher, he squirted me with more lighter fluid."

Powell apparently went to the garage behind the house at some point.

Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler said the fire department put out a small blaze in an out building.

"There was minor damage to some of the belongings in the out building," Legler said. There were no injuries.

A neighbor, Bennie Davis, saw Powell outside.

"I saw him come running out of her house into the back. Then he crossed my grass, and he was running," Davis said. "I came out of my house and went over there. She came out. She was dripping with lighter fluid.

"I said, 'Give me the kids,' and I took the babies out. Then their dad came and got them."

Four children were in the home along with Gibson, Powell and a friend at the time of the 8:30 a.m. incident.

Additional charges of failure to identify and probation violation forgery of a financial instrument were also filed against Powell after his arrest.

Davis said she isn't surprised that the couple's argument escalated into violence.

"I have tried to help her out with the kids since I moved in," Davis said. "I told her she needed to get rid of him because he was always beating on her."

Gibson has lived in the rental home at 1703 Avondale about five years, at first occupying the home with her now estranged husband, said Susie Jackson, who oversees the property for an out-of-town landlord.

Gibson said Jackson told her she needs to move out.

"I don't have any place to go," Gibson said, crying.

Davis put her arm around Gibson, consoling her.

"I told her she can come stay with me the rest of the day," Davis said. "She doesn't need to be alone."



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