Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department
A Chaparral man who said he was the victim of domestic violence after being burned with boiling water, faces multiple charges for allegedly trying to strangle his wife, stab her with a crucifix and burn down the couple’s house.
At 6 p.m. on Nov. 28, Francisco Gonzales, 37, allegedly got into an argument with his wife after she came home. The argument concerned two telephone calls she received, which he believed were from another man. His wife, who said the calls were from her insurance company, would not hand over the phone. A fight ensued and continued for several hours.
The victim, who was eventually able to escape, drove herself to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department substation in Chaparral for help and was referred to a shelter for protection.
Two days later, investigators questioned her about the incident. Investigators learned 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 tried 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 they “would both soon meet him.”
The victim told investigators she then tried to calm the situation by offering to make some tea. She explained how she placed a pan of water on the stove to make the tea, and when the water began to boil, she decided to douse her husband with the scalding water in an attempt to escape.
The following day, Gonzales reportedly hitched a ride to a Las Cruces 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 later 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 was booked into the Doña Ana County jail on a $100,000 bond ordered by Doña Ana County Magistrate Richard Silva.