WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man in New Mexico reportedly attempted to set his disabled wife on fire after he became enraged for not qualifying for a coronavirus-related stimulus check, according to police.
- The Albuquerque Journal reported that Joe Macias was arrested last week after he and his wife had an argument and the 63-year-old allegedly doused her with gasoline.
- The wife, who was soaked in gasoline, told police that Macias was “upset because he did not qualify for the stimulus check.”
A New Mexico man is now facing charges after police reported that he attempted to set his disabled wife on fire after becoming upset when he found out that he didn’t qualify for a coronavirus-related stimulus check.
Joe Macias was arrested last Wednesday shortly after getting into an argument with his wife, according to The Albuquerque Journal.
The wife told police the 63-year-old Macias had come home around 5 p.m. carrying a four-pack of beer, and “upset because he did not qualify for the stimulus check.” He allegedly doused her with gasoline.
Macias threw gas not just on his wife but also on their mobile home, the police said.
He then pulled out a cigarette and tried to light it several times, but was unsuccessful because the lighter also had gasoline on it, the wife continued.
Later, the police found Macias walking down the street, with his clothes soaked in gasoline. The victim was discovered by the police on the floor inside a nearby trailer with her hair and pajamas soaked in gasoline.
The authorities charged Macias with attempted murder, kidnapping, and aggravated battery against a household member.
It is not yet clear if he had an attorney listed for him.
Source: New York Post