An Upstate New York man is in custody after turning himself in for setting his wife on fire. Antonio Bargallo, 69, of Schenectady was charged with attempted murder, though police say the charges will likely be upgraded to second-degree murder, after his wife, Elizabeth Gonzalez, died from her injuries early Sunday morning. According to Albany’s Times Union newspaper, the 48-year-old mother of two told cops her husband poured gasoline on her and around their house, before setting it ablaze.
Neighbors on the quiet residential block where Gonzalez lived awoke to her screams early Saturday morning. Claire Morales, who lives across the street, told CBS 6 Albany “I saw her engulfed in flames...I just grabbed the first blanket I could and ran downstairs and tackled her, put her out.” While Gonzalez was airlifted to Ellis Hospital, firefighters put out the fire inside their house, and police looked for Bargallo. He had already gone to the police station, however, to turn himself in.
Bargallo and Gonzales have been married for some time and have two adult sons, one of whom lived with them, but wasn’t at home at the time of the fire. Police say an argument precipitated the incident, but don’t know what the fight was about. Bargallo was arraigned on attempted murder, first-degree assault and fourth-degree arson charges Sunday morning and sent to the Schenectady County Jail without bail. However, following Gonzales’ death police expect the charges will be upgraded to second-degree murder.