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Police: Schenectady woman set afire by husband dies

Police: Schenectady woman set afire by husband dies

Charges to be upgraded
Police: Schenectady woman set afire by husband dies
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 set afire in her Elmer Avenue apartment early Saturday, allegedly by her husband, has died.

Police early Sunday announced that Antonio Bargallo, 69, has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault and fourth-degree arson, all felonies.

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About 10 a.m., they announced that his wife, Elizabeth Gonzalez, had died.

Bargallo is being held in Schenectady County Jail, and is expected to appear in court Monday morning. Police say the charges against him will be upgraded after Gonzalez’s death.

Schenectady police responded to a house fire call at 146 Elmer Ave. just before 6 a.m. Saturday. There, they found Gonzalez suffering from burns to her body after Bargallo allegedly poured gasoline on her and set her and the house on fire.

Gonzalez was taken to Ellis Hospital and later airlifted to Westchester Medical Center.

Bargallo turned himself in at the police station on Liberty Street a short time after the Saturday morning incident, police said.

Correction: The Daily Gazette previously listed Bargallo's age as 71. He is actually 69.

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