POSTED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 1:12pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 6:34pm
CHAPARRAL, NM- A man is facing abuse charges after receiving treatment for burns after his wife threw boiling water on him.
Police say Francisco Gonzales, 37, allegedly got into an argument with his wife when the abuse began. Gonzales had allegedly held his wife against her will, attempted to strangle her with his hands and a draw string, and later tried to choke her with a handkerchief and a comforter. The victim also alleged that Gonzales attempted to stab her with a crucifix, and had tried to burn the house down by igniting alcohol on the living room carpet, telling the victim to pray to her deceased brother because, as he reportedly explained, they “would both soon meet him.”
In an effort to escape, the wife told Gonzales she wanted to make him tea. The then placed a pot of water on the stove and when it came to a boil, she threw it on him before escaping.
The following day, Gonzales reportedly hitched a ride to Las Cruces to an area hospital to be treated for his injuries, telling hospital staff and investigators he was the victim of the abuse.
Gonzales was treated for second-degree burns to his face and upper torso and was released from the hospital.
Investigators subsequently obtained a warrant for Gonzales’ arrest. He now faces two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm, first-degree kidnapping, negligent arson and battery against a household member.
Gonzales is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond ordered by Doña Ana County Magistrate Judge Richard Silva.