Editor's note: The Stafford Sheriff's Office says the injury to Lisa Bartosch's face depicted in her booking photo occurred after the incident that led to her arrest and is not related to the investigation.


A Stafford County man who was badly burned in a fire at his house early this month died Monday and his wife has been charged, according to police and court records.

Scott Bartosch Jr., 51, died as the result of the injuries he suffered May 1 on Devonshire Lane in the Hampton Oaks subdivision. Police were never able to interview him, but court records state that a witness at the scene told police that Bartosch said his wife “doused me with gasoline and lit me on fire. She is trying to kill me.”

His wife, Lisa Schulken Bartosch, 52, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding and arson. She is in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

The attempted murder charge was filed before Scott Bartosch died and could be upgraded as the result of his death.

According to multiple affidavits for search warrants filed in Stafford Circuit Court, a neighbor called 911 and reported seeing a man running with severe burn injuries to his upper body and a naked woman outside holding two knives. She also appeared to be injured, according to the caller, and both were taken to hospitals.

The woman refused to speak with police at the scene, the affidavits state, and repeatedly screamed when anyone got close to her. A knife was recovered from her, court records state.

Police found a melted plastic cup on the charred bed in the master bedroom and a gasoline can, an affidavit states. There was also severe fire damage in the home, which had been foreclosed on and sold at auction in March.

Lisa Bartosch was arraigned Tuesday in Stafford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 10.

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