Police: Man sets woman on fire, chases her with machete
Victim taken to Delray Medical Center trauma unit
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A woman is fighting for her life in a hospital after she was set on fire, according to police.
WPLG-TV reports Boynton Beach police said they were called to the 7-Eleven store and gas station at 7038 Lawrence Road around 3 a.m. Monday after a report of a woman being set on fire.
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When they arrived, officers said the victim had fresh burns to her face and body. They also said they found her shirt on fire on the ground.
Police said Roosevelt Mondesir, 52, threw gasoline on the 44-year-old victim and then set her on fire.
The woman said she went to the station to meet with Mondesir, who is the father of her 4-year-old son. She went to the station because Mondesir was supposed to transfer the boy to her because they share custody.
When she saw Mondesir did not have her son, she tried to leave. She said Mondesir chased after her with a red gas can in hand, threw gasoline on her and set her on fire.
While trying to put out the fire, the victim noticed that Mondesir began chasing her with a machete. She then ran into the 7-Eleven and tried to hold the doors closed until police arrived.
The victim was transported to the Delray Medical Center trauma unit.
Witnesses told police that Mondesir took off running after the attack. Officers set up a perimeter and used a K-9 unit to find him in bushes nearby.
Mondesir was taken into custody and transported to Bethesda Hospital with burns of his own.
He is charged with attempted first-degree murder.
Police said the attack was caught on surveillance video, which they released Monday afternoon.
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