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Man Suspected Of Setting Girlfriend On Fire In SF Arrested In Oakland

OAKLAND (CBS SF) -- Police arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and arson Monday night in Oakland after he allegedly threw a flammable liquid on a woman and set her on fire Sunday afternoon in San Francisco's Bayview district.

San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations Divisions and the U.S. Marshal's Service Task Force arrested Dexter Oliver, 22, at a hotel near the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland at 9 p.m. Monday.

Oliver was taken into custody without incident and transported to San Francisco to be booked into county jail for attempted murder and arson, according to police.

Woman Burned In S.F.
The burn victim was identified by family members as Starr LaMare. (Family Photo/CBS)

The victim - identified by family members as Starr LaMare,a woman in her 20s - was found suffering from severe burns in the area of Hollister Avenue and Jennings Street after callers reported hearing a woman screaming around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, according to Officer Carlos Manfredi.

The burns were apparently caused when the suspect threw a flammable liquid on her and set her on fire, according to Manfredi.

The woman was taken to St. Francis Hospital's burn center, where she is being treated for life threatening injuries, Manfredi said.

Manfredi said Oliver is described as being approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. He has a haircut that includes a fish shaved on one side of his head and a lightning bolt on the other.  Dexter Oliver is thought to have had a dating relationship with the victim, police said.

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