April 19, 2012

Shriya Biman Patel - Jailed After Setting Husband On Fire, Locking Him In Bathroom To Burn

Austin, Texas (The Weekly Vice) - Shriya Biman Patel, a 25-year-old North Austin woman was jailed Thursday after she allegedly set her husband on fire and then locked him in the bathroom to burn.

According to the Austin Police Department, officers were called to the couple's apartment around 9:15 p.m. after witnesses reported that a man was screaming for help from his balcony.

One caller told police that the man was yelling things like "why would you burn me?" and "All I wanted to do is love you."

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a badly burned man. He was naked and writhing on the floor, screaming in pain.

When officers asked the man what happened, he stated that he was in the bathtub expecting to receive a massage from Patel when instead, she burst in and poured gasoline on him.

Patel then lit him on fire with a candle and then locked the bathroom door, trapping the man inside. The man was able to kick down the door and escape, but not before sustaining severe burn injuries.

Investigators say Patel had removed the smoke detectors from the apartment and disabled the sprinklers in preparation for the assault. They also found a Walmart receipt showing that she had purchased items used in the attack earlier that day.

The victim was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center where he was treated for burns to 70% of his body.

Although the couple has been married for about a year, Patel had just moved to the U.S. from India about a week prior.

Patel was booked into jail and charged with arson and assault with a deadly weapon. She is currently being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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