NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A man is accused of stabbing his wife and torching their home in a horrific incident on Staten Island Saturday night.
Police say 49-year-old Rogelio Rodriguez is facing charges that include assault, arson, strangulation and criminal possession of a weapon after the stabbing and fire on Monroe Avenue in St. George.
Rodriguez allegedly stabbed his 48-year-old wife three times with a knife then started a fire on the second floor of the house around 7:30 p.m. before jumping out a window.
The wife ran to a neighbor’s house for help. She was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center and is expected to survive.
Kevin lives across the street. He saw the husband lying on a sidewalk.
“He was handcuffed and he was in the fetal position, but I didn’t know why. At first I thought it was from smoke inhalation. Then I found out later that was the one that did the stabbing,” he said.