UPDATED: Woman attacked with gasoline, set ablaze

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

UPDATED 11:15 A.M.

 

Thomasville Police Department investigators are looking into the circumstances of an attack Monday night in which a woman was doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

Thomasville police responded to 813 Leach Ave. at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday about a report of someone set on fire after being doused with gasoline. Angela Byas, 33, suffered severe injuries as a result of being burned. 

Byas’ two daughters ages 14 and 15, witnessed the assault but neither child was harmed in the incident, according to police.  Byas was transported by ambulance to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, then taken to Wake Forrest Baptist Medical Center by air care. She is listed in critical but stable condition.

Officers took her husband, Portugal Byas, 69,  into custody without incident. He has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson and is being held in the Davidson County Jail without bond, police report.  His first court date is set for Nov. 27 in Thomasville.

"The investigation reveals the assault culminated after a domestic dispute between Angela and Portugal Byas," said police spokesman Brad Saintsing. "The victim's daughters ran from the residence seeking help."

The Investigation is continuing. The residence suffered minor damage.

“This situation serves as a reminder that people who find themselves in an abusive relationship can turn to local agencies such as local law enforcement and Family Services of Davidson County for information and assistance,” said police Lt. Kimberly Sebastian.

 

 

Thomasville Police Department investigators are looking into the circumstances of an attack Monday night in which a woman was doused with gasoline and set ablaze.


The attack happened on Leach Avenue in Thomasville, according to law enforcement officials. Investigators said a person of interest was taken into custody.

The victim was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with serious injuries. Further details weren't available at this point.