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Exotic dancer burned: Police search for suspects

February 6, 2009 |  8:55 am

Authorities today continued to search for two people who doused an exotic dancer with flammable liquid and set her on fire outside a Tarzana sports bar, leaving her in critical condition, authorities said.

The pair were identified as 22-year-old Nathaniel Marquis Petrillo and 27-year-old Rianne Theriault-Odom, who were last seen at the bar, which offers full-contact lap dancers, police officials said.

The dancer, whose name was not released, was counting her tips around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when she walked outside to speak with Theriault-Odom and Petrillo, whom authorities said she knew. The pair then allegedly doused the woman with flammable liquid and set her on fire, authorities said. The woman ran back into the bar, where people tried to snuff out the flames with drapery.

The 27-year-old mother of two suffered second-degree burns over 40% of her body, said d'Lisa Davies, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The woman  was taken to Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, where she remains in critical condition.

The suspects were identified by several witnesses who saw Petrillo and Theriault-Odom at the bar, said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore. Petrillo was described as African American, 5-feet-6 and 145 pounds. Theriault-Odom was described as African American, 5-feet-10 and 140 pounds, with long curly hair. Anyone with information may call homicide detectives at (213) 485-2531 or (877) LAPD-24-7. Callers can remain anonymous.

-- Ruben Vives