BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Police have released surveillance video showing a 52-year-old man setting his former lover on fire after a domestic dispute outside a Boynton Beach gas station early Monday
The gruesome attack happened just before 3 a.m. outside a 7Eleven store, police said.
The video shows the 34-year-old victim, who police have not named, pulling up to a gas pump in her white Mercedes. As she begins to fill her tank, a white Jaguar car whips around the parking lot.
A man, identified as the victim’s former lover Roosevelt Modesir, gets out of the car carrying a red gas tank. Modesir is then seen dousing the victim and her car with gasoline.
The victim runs away from Modesir and enters the 7Eleven, where employees call police. The woman fights to keep the front door closed and Modesir outside.
But Modesir, carrying what looks like a machete, violently reaches his hand through to door and grabs the frantic woman, pulling her back into the parking lot, out of the surveillance camera’s frame.
Seconds later, the victim enters the camera’s view, engulfed in flames. The screaming woman then enters the store, trying to remove the burning clothes before retreating back into the parking lot.
Video from outside the store shows the victim run through the parking lot and past the gas can used to douse her and her car.
Officers responding to a 911 call arrived at the scene to find the 34-year-old victim burned on her body and face. Modesir then ran off, leaving his car at a gas pump.
“Officers that arrived also noted pieces of the victim’s shirt still on fire on the ground,” according to a Boynton Beach police arrest report.
The victim told police at the hospital that she was meeting her son’s father at the gas station to pick up their 4-year-old son. The pair no longer lives together, but they share custody of the boy, the report said.
She noticed that their son was not with him, so she wanted to get back into her car and leave.
The woman was taken to the Trauma Center at Delray Medical Center to be treated for her burns, Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.
Police dogs and helicopters searched the area for Modesir, finding him two hours later crouched behind a bush near the gas station. He was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital to be treated for burns and will later be taken to the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of attempted murder.
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