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Man accused of setting woman on fire in San Francisco is arrested

January 8, 2013 |  6:12 am

A man accused of dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and setting her on fire was arrested Monday night in Oakland.

Dexter Oliver, 22, surrendered to San Francisco police and U.S. marshals at a hotel about 9 p.m., Sgt. Michael Andraychak told the San Francisco Chronicle. Oliver was expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder and arson.

Oliver allegedly threw the gasoline on the woman about 12:15 p.m. Sunday at a laundromat. Precious Craig told KGO-TV in San Francisco that her sister, Starr Lamare, 25, was fighting with Oliver over whether to leave clothes behind. Lamare wanted to, Craig said, but Oliver didn't.

"He got mad and threw the clothes down," Craig told the television station.

Oliver left to get the gasoline and returned to the laundromat, where Craig said he splashed her sister.

Witnesses told the TV station the victim was set on fire Sunday afternoon and managed to take off her burning sweater as she ran a few blocks down the street toward her home. Emergency crews responding to 911 calls found her in the Bayview District and rushed her to St. Francis Hospital.

Lamare's family said the mother of three was in critical condition but was expected to recover.

"Most of her face is burnt," Craig said. "Just a little bit of hair is still there, but most of her face is burned."

Lamare's family said she had been dating Oliver for about six months.

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-- Kate Mather

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