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Police: Schenectady woman set on fire by husband

Police: Schenectady woman set on fire by husband

Suspect turned self in, remains in custody with charges pending
Police: Schenectady woman set on fire by husband
Schenectady firefighters and Albany Medical Center physicians stand by at the scene of a house fire in Schenectady on Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

A Schenectady woman suffered severe burns after her husband poured gasoline on her and set her and a house on fire Saturday morning, police said.

Antonio Bargallo, 71, is accused of setting his wife, Elizabeth Gonzalez, 48, on fire during the course of a domestic dispute at 146 Elmer Ave. at 5:50 a.m., police said.

Schenectady Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Matt Dearing said Bargallo turned himself in at the police station on Liberty Street soon after allegedly committing the crime. 

β€œHe was down at the police station yes,” said Dearing, "he talked with our detectives."

Dearing declined to divulge what Bargallo told the detectives.

He added that first responders initially believed Bargallo could still be in the residence on Elmer Ave.  

"When we spoke to the female on the scene she mentioned that he may still be inside the residence,” said Dearing, noting that police had surrounded the building for 30-40 minutes until they got word from the station that Bargallo had turned himself in. "On a scene like that everything is always changing and developing.”

Bargallo is presently in city lockup awaiting arraignment, which could occur Saturday evening or Sunday, said Dearing.

Police said Gonzalez was found in the area suffering from burns to her body.


Gonzalez was taken to Ellis Hospital and later airlifted to Westchester Medical Center, police said. She is currently listed in serious condition.

Because they believed Bargallo was armed inside the house, firefighters approached with caution and extinguished the fire from outside, a Daily Gazette photographer reported from the scene.

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This story was updated on March 4, 2017 at 6:50 p.m.

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