A woman in San Francisco was set on fire by her boyfriend on Sunday, police have reported. The suspect, Dexter Oliver, is still at large, while the victim, Starr Lamare is recovering in the hospital.
Police are not certain what led to the attack, though there were some reports that the couple had been arguing over whether to leave laundry at a laundromat before Lamare was doused in the flammable liquid. Oliver, 22, now faces charges of attempted murder and arson.
"He approached her and threw ignitable liquid on her, causing her to suffer serious burns," San Francisco police officer Carlos Manfredi told the Los Angeles Times.
Lamare responded by taking off her clothing in order to avoid more burns; paramedics were able to get her to a local hospital, where she is listed in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital's burn center.
"Most of her face is burnt," Lamare's sister, Precious Craig, told KGO-TV. "Just a little bit of hair is still there, but most of her face is burned."
Lamare is expected to recover from her life-threatening injuries, and police are busy trying to find Oliver, who ran after lighting Lamare on fire. They have released a description of Oliver in the hope that the public can help track him down.
"Oliver is 5 feet 10 and weighs 155 pounds. He wears a hair cut with a fish pattern on one side and a lightning bolt on the other. Oliver was wearing a red and white hoodie, pajama pants with a multicolored shamrock design, and grey and red Nike shoes," Manfredi said.
Lamare is the mother of three children; she and Oliver had been together about six months, Craig told KGO-TV. The 25-year-old's family is hopeful she will have a successful recovery and be reunited with her children.
Anyone with information about Oliver's whereabouts is encouraged to call the San Francisco police department at (415)-929-9446.