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Woman doused with gasoline, set on fire in Thomasville; husband arrested

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- A woman suffered serious injuries after she was allegedly doused with gasoline and set on fire Monday evening following a domestic dispute with her husband, according to police.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Leach Ave. around 7:30 p.m. in reference to a person set on fire. Police said Angela Byas, 33, suffered severe injuries as a result of being burned.

Byas' two daughters witnessed the assault but were not injured.

Byas was transported by ambulance to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and then transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center via Aircare where she is currently listed in critical but stable condition.

“Thankfully this woman survived this. Her children are going to need some support, she’s going to need some support, her neighbors might need some support because obviously the trauma of that impacts a lot of people,” said Catherine Johnson, with Family Services of Davidson County.

Byas' husband, Portugal Byas, 69, was taken into custody without incident. He has been charged with attempted murder and first-degree arson.

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

Portugal Byas is being held in the Davidson County Jail without bond. His first court date is set for November 27 in Thomasville.


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