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Husband Wanted in Fire Attack on Kinston Woman

Posted April 9, 2007

— A Kinston woman who worked helping domestic abuse victims was in critical condition Monday with second- and third-degree burns while police searched for her husband, who they said doused her with gasoline and set her on fire.

Juanita Natasha Kinsey, 37, was burned over 40 percent of her body, her family said. She was in the Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Police were trying to find Timothy Kinsey, 43, whom they believed was in Lenoir or Jones County.

Juanita Kinsey's 14-year-old son, Timarcus Carraway, who lived with his mother, was also burned when gasoline splashed on him and when he used a coat to try to put out the flames burning his mother, he said. He was treated for burns on his hands and arms and released from the burn center.

The attack happened early Saturday at 713 Lincoln St., police said.

Juanita Kinsey is a shelter coordinator for SAFE of Lenoir County, which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Tierra Carraway, Juanita Kinsey's daughter, said she had spoken with her mother shortly before the attack. She had said she wanted to visit her mother with Juanita Kinsey's grandchildren, but her mother said she was concerned by Timothy Kinsey's behavior and did not want the children to visit then. She also asked her daughter to stay by the phone, Tierra Carraway said.

"What this person did to his wife is disgusting, and I don't understand it, and that's the reason we're putting forth all effort possible to get the word out and get this person off the street," said Kinston police spokesman Woody Spencer. 

Timothy Kinsey has served time in state prison for receiving stolen property and for drug possession, according to state records.

The mobile home sustained moderate damage in the fire, authorities said.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts was asked to call the Kinston Dept.of Public Safety at 252-939-3191 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.


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  • historian2 Apr 10, 2007

    You are right, what goes around comes around.

  • Its Just What I Do Apr 10, 2007

    that's right bkallen04- the Bible says "an eye for an eye", doesn't it?!!

  • RENEE Apr 10, 2007

    He will be caught. Then our hard earned tax dollars will go to clothe feed provide tv air conditioning and heat to this worthless man for the rest of his days. Where is the justice?

  • headlong Apr 10, 2007

    Prayers to Juanita and her son!!! You are a hero young man for helping your Mom the way you did!!!

  • happyday Apr 10, 2007

    i still dont understand these people who kill thier spouses etc. do you just wake up one day and decide "oh im going to light my wife on fire today" ??

  • huntleyperez Apr 10, 2007

    someone knows where this trash is....and who ever maybe helping him, needs to fry too.............

  • CherryDarling Apr 10, 2007

    Aside from the fact that he would do this at all (and, I am sorry, but there is no mental health defense here)... the fact that he would do this in front of her son?!?

    Yet another case that should NOT even bother going to trial. Just lock him up forever before he hurts someone else.

  • Arbi Apr 10, 2007

    The nonsense just doesn't stop..... it certainly isn't a kind and gentle world is it.

  • bkallen04 Apr 10, 2007

    Burn him...

  • pink lady Apr 10, 2007

    My thoughts and prayers are with Juanita and her family during this terrible tragedy...Praying that her horrible husband will be found and that justice will be served...