Woman set on fire suffered burn to face; boyfriend sought
San Francisco police are searching for a man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire, while the woman is being treated at a hospital burn unit.
Authorities described the burns as potentially life threatening, adding her face was burned.
Precious Craig told KGO-TV in San Francisco that her sister, Starr Lamare, 25, wanted to leave the clothes behind, but Lamare's boyfriend, Dexter Oliver, 22, 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 doused 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."
San Francisco police continued their search for Oliver, saying the 22-year-old faces charges of attempted murder and arson in the attack that left the woman with “life-threatening injuries,” San Francisco police Officer Carlos Manfredi told The Times.
Police released a photo of Oliver and said he stands 5-feet-10, weighs 155 pounds and wears a hair cut with a fish pattern on one side and a lightning bolt on the other. Manfredi said Oliver was wearing a red and white hoodie, pajama pants with a multicolored shamrock design and grey and red Nike shoes.
Lamare's family said she had been dating Oliver for only about six months.
— Teresa Watanabe and Kate Mather