A woman was set on a fire in the early hours of Monday outside a 7-Eleven convenience store in South Florida, after her boyfriend allegedly doused her in gasoline.
According to the Associated Press, Roosevelt Mondesir, 52, arrived at the 7-Eleven shortly before 3 a.m. in his white Jaguar to meet his 34-year-old girlfriend. The meeting was planned so that the couple could exchange their 4-year-old son, with whom they share custody.
According to a report from the Boynton Beach Police Department, obtained by CNN, the woman -- interviewed about two hours later at Delray Medical Center, but not identified by police -- said she had gone to the 7-Eleven intending to meet the man and their son.
After realizing that her son was not in the car, the victim said that she attempted to re-enter he car, but Mondesir came out with a red-colored can and began tossing gas on the her and her vehicle, she told police.
A surveillance video shot outside of the Boynton Beach 7-Eleven shows Mondesir threatening the female victim with a large knife as she struggles to move away from the doorway of the convenience store.
The two are at one point seen struggling. The woman tries to seek refuge inside the 7-Eleven, but is soon dragged back outside.
After disappearing for a moment, she then reappears in a fireball. The video goes on to show the woman running around on the pavement outside the store, the upper part of her body engulfed in flames.
After the fire was extinguished, officers pursued Mondesir by foot with the help of a K-9 police dog and a helicopter. Authorities eventually caught up with him around 5:45 a.m., hiding in bushes located near the 7-Eleven.
After being treated at a local medical facility for burns, he was taken to Palm Beach County's main detention center, where he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to the sheriff's office website.
The victim was at a Delray Beach hospital recovering from severe burns to much of her body and face. She is expected to survive her injuries, Boynton Beach police spokeswoman, Stephanie Slater, told CNN.
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