Tuesday Nov 18 2008
No bail set for alleged flame thrower
By: Loryll Nicolaisen Journal Staff Writer
A Foresthill woman who allegedly set her boyfriend on fire Friday is scheduled to appear in an Auburn courtroom today. Traci Nicole Gilson, age 21, was arrested Friday and booked into the Placer County Jail on a charge of attempted homicide. Her arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Department 13 of the Placer County Superior Court, according to Sgt. Dennis Walsh, head of Placer County Sheriff’s Department crimes against people unit. “It’s pretty extreme. In the last 15 years, I’ve never encountered a case like this,” Walsh said Monday afternoon. Gilson remains in custody at the jail and is being held without possibility of bail, Walsh said. The investigation continues into if and why Gilson might have used gasoline to set her boyfriend Allan Lane Scott, age 19, on fire in Foresthill Friday morning. According to information previously released by the Sheriff’s Department, a utility worker driving on Foresthill Road at approximately 9 a.m. Friday saw a vehicle engulfed in flames and also saw Gilson and Scott outside the vehicle. Witnesses in different locations in the Foresthill area reported seeing both Gilson and Scott in a heated argument earlier Friday morning. The reason behind the argument is still unknown, Walsh said Monday. Scott was apparently driving the vehicle, with Gilson as his passenger, when she allegedly doused Scott with gasoline. It still isn’t clear whether or not the vehicle was in motion when Gilson allegedly set Scott on fire, Walsh said Monday. Scott reportedly suffered severe burns and fled the scene into a nearby forest before emergency personnel could arrive to help — paramedics found Scott a short time later after he sought help from his mother, and he was transported by helicopter to the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Walsh said. Scott was listed in fair condition as of Monday afternoon, said Susan Mar-Schwab with UC Davis Medical Center news services. “My understanding is that he’s doing better,” Walsh said of Scott, noting that sheriff’s detectives interviewed Scott in the hospital Monday. Gilson also sustained injuries Friday and was treated at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital before being released into the custody of sheriff’s deputies and booked into the jail, according to Sheriff’s Department reports. Walsh said Gilson has had “several prior contacts with law enforcement of a criminal nature.” The Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment online at Auburnjournal.com.