Woman Set on Fire by Boyfriend in Middle of San Francisco Street

Monday, 07 Jan 2013 11:13 AM

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A San Francisco woman was in critical condition after being set on fire in the middle of a street over the weekend following an argument with her boyfriend.

Starr Lamare, 25, was arguing with Dexter Oliver, 22, at a local laundromat on Sunday before Oliver drove home, got a canister of gasoline, and then doused Lamare with the flammable liquid before setting her on fire, according to police and onlookers. He then fled.

Police are reviewing tape from nearby security cameras to help track him down. They said Oliver faces an attempted murder charge.

Witnesses, including the victim's family members, watched in horror as the act unfolded.

"I saw him poor gasoline from a bottle, I didn't know he was going to burn her," Precious Craig, the victim's sister, told The Associated Press.

"Most of her face is burnt," the sister added in an interview with ABC affiliate KGO Radio. "Just a little bit of hair is still there, but most of her face is burned,"

"My sister wanted to leave her clothes at the laundromat so they could get washed but he didn't want to leave them there, she said she does it all the time, but he got mad and threw the clothes down," said Craig.

After setting Lamare on fire but before fleeing, Oliver took the victim's pocketbook, said other witnesses who didn't want to be identified because they feared retribution from the suspect,.

Lamare is recovering at a nearby hospital, according to family members.

Sunday's fiery attack wasn't the first of its kind in recent weeks California.

On Dec. 27, a 67-year-old homeless woman was doused with gasoline before being set on fire while sleeping on a bench in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. Dennis Petillo, 24, was arrested by police shortly after the incident and was charged with attempted murder.

The unidentified victim was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

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