Woman doused with gasoline listed in critical but stable condition

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Thomasville woman who was allegedly doused with gasoline and set on fire by her husband was listed in critical but stable condition on Wednesday afternoon.

Angela Byas suffered serious injuries in the incident, which was reported at her home in the 800 block of Leach Ave. around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

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.

Police said the 33-year-old suffered severe injuries as a result of being burned. Byas’ two daughters witnessed the assault but were not injured, police said.

Byas was taken by ambulance to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and then airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

“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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