Cops arrested Joe Macias, 63, this past Wednesday after he got into an argument with his wife and allegedly doused her with gasoline, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Macias threw gas on his wife and their mobile home, police said.
The wife told officers Macias pulled out a cigarette and tried to light it several times but was unsuccessful because gasoline got on the lighter.
Police said officers later found Macias walking down the street wearing gasoline-soaked clothes. Officers also discovered the woman, with her hair and pajamas soaked in gasoline, on the floor inside a nearby trailer.
Macias was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and aggravated battery against a household member.
It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.