Central Texas Woman Accused Of Setting Husband On Fire

Shriya Biman Patel (Austin police photo)

AUSTIN (April 19, 2012)—Shriya Biman Patel, 25, was in the Travis County Jail Thursday charged with aggravated assault and arson after her 29-year-old husband was doused with gasoline and set on fire.

An Austin police statement says officers who responded to a family disturbance call Monday night at an apartment in north Austin found the naked, severely burned man on the floor.

His wife was nearby and there was a strong smell of gasoline in the air, police said.

Austin Fire Department Capt. Andy Reardon said the man was expecting his wife, who arrived in the U.S. about a week ago, to massage him with oil.

The oil turned out to be gasoline.

According to Austin media reports, the man was in the bathtub expecting the massage when he was doused with gasoline, which was ignited by candles burning nearby.

Reardon said the victim was trapped inside the bathroom and evidently had to kick the door down to escape.

The man, whose name wasn’t released, was in critical condition Thursday in the burn unit of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.