Thomasville woman in critical condition after being set on fire

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 12:48 PM

Thomasville Police Department charged a man with attempted murder for allegedly setting his wife on fire.  
According to a TPD press release, officers on Monday night responded to 831 Leach Ave. at approximately 7:30 p.m. in reference to a person being set on fire after being doused with gasoline.
Officers arrived to find 33-year-old Angela Byas, of the same address, suffering from severe injuries as a result of being burned. According to Sgt. Brad Saintsing, Byas' two daughters, ages 14 and 15 years old, were in the home at the time of the incident and fled to a neighbor, who called 911.
"They ran from the residence seeking help," Saintsing said. "They were there and witnessed it."
Police arrested 69-year-old Portugal Byas, Angela's husband, without incident and charged him with attempted first degree murder and first degree arson. He was placed in the Davidson County Jail and issued no bond.
Emergency personnel transported Angela Byas to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center where she was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Saintsing said Angela Byas currently is listed in critical but stable condition.
"The investigation reveals the assault culminated after a domestic dispute between Angela and Portugal Byas," said Saintsing. "She was the victim of severe burns. This was a particularly heinous crime. It was verbal dispute that escalated."
Thomasville Fire Department also responded to the scene. The home 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," Lt. Kimberly Sebastian said.
Saintsing said Portugal and Angela Byas have a history of domestic violence but did not provide specific details. 

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or duke@tvilletimes.com.