The family of a womanlit on fire Sunday by her boyfriend in San Francisco said they expect her to survive, but that her road to recovery will be a very long one.
The suspect in this case has an extensive criminal history that includes felony carjacking and robbery. He also has a previous domestic violence charge detailed in a criminal complaint from San Mateo County.
San Francisco police are still searching for 22-year-old Dexter Oliver. Police said he threw gasoline on his girlfriend and lit her on fire Sunday after the couple got into an argument outside a laundromat on Hollister and Jennings streets.
Starr Lamare, the 25-year-old mother of three, will be in the burn unit at St. Francis Hospital for the next four to five months. Her family said she'll need numerous reconstructive surgeries.
"(She has burns on) her face, hands, chest from the waist up," said Anita Parker, the victim's mother. "He was trying to kill her. He was trying to destroy my daughter."
Police said Oliver pleaded guilty to battery charges in 2009 after putting his ex-girlfriend in a chokehold. A judge ordered him to attend 104 hours of domestic violence counseling. According to court documents, he attended one class and never went back.
Jolissa Craig said her sister and Oliver had been dating about six months. Her sister had tried to end the relationship before.
"I've never seen him hit her before, so how can you go from just arguing to setting someone on fire?" said Jolissa Craig, the victim's sister. "That's just what gets me. He'll leave for a day or two and always come back."
Now that he's wanted for attempted murder it appears Oliver's finally left their home for good.
"We are checking areas he's known to frequent, addresses we have on file," said San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza. "We're asking for the public's help to try and find this person, and get him off our streets."
San Francisco police warn that Oliver is dangerous and said anyone who sees or recognizes him should immediately contact police.
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