A woman, Naomie Breton, is in critical condition after her ex-boyfriend doused her in gasoline and set her on fire. The 34-year-old woman was attacked outside a 7-Eleven store in South Florida after a quarrel with her ex-boyfriend, Roosevelt Mondesir.
Breton and Mondesir agreed to meet outside the 7-Eleven store so that Breton can pick up her son. Daily Mail reports that the 34-year-old was waiting outside the store in her Mercedes Benz car at about 3.00 a.m. on Monday when Mondesir appeared in a white jaguar without the boy. According to Boynton Beach Police spokesman, Mondesir approached Breton and threw gasoline over her.
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Breton attempted to escape her attacker. She ran into the store and tried to hold the door shut, but 52-year-old Mondesir pursued her with a machete, forced the door open, pulled her out and set her on fire.
The incident, captured in a graphic surveillance video, shows the man attacking the woman and the woman crying, "Get away from me!" The two disappear from view and when the woman reappears, she is engulfed in a fireball. The video shows her running around the parking lot, her arms flailing while she screams.
The store clerk called 911, while Mondesir fled the scene of the crime on foot.
According to Daily Mail, police officers on foot searched for Mondesir with a dog and helicopter. They found him three hours later, hiding in a bush near the crime scene.
Daily Mail reports he was treated for burns at Bethsesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, charged with attempted first-degree murder before he was transferred to jail.
According to Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies broke into Mondesir's house on Mackinac Road and found the couple's 4-year old boy sleeping unharmed. The boy is now in the custody of relatives, Orlando Sentinel reports.
Daily Mail reports that police have not given details of what led to the attack, but they have intervened in domestic quarrels between the two in the past.
According to Orlando Sentinel, Breton, a limo service dispatcher, asked a judge about two weeks before the attack, to forbid Mondesir from coming near her, but the request was turned down. In her restraining order request, she said: "I have since been threatened on a daily basis through text and voicemail messages."
The two met in 2003 while Breton was still married. But she divorced her husband in 2005 and soon after, Mondesir, a truck driver, moved into the house where Breton lived with two sons, aged 11 and 13, from her previous marriage. They later had a son.
In February, Mondesir was accused of threatening the victim with violence at their home on Mackinac Road, CBS 12 reports. According to Orlando Sentinel, in her request for a restraining order, Breton said Mondesir cut up their furniture and threatened to hurt her and kick her out of the house.
In March, a fight over the television remote ended in violence. Breton was arrested on a domestic battery charge after Mondesir called the Sheriff's Office, saying that his girlfriend punched him in the face. But Breton said he hit her first.
Daily Mail reports police say that after the woman moved out of the house, she received threatening text messages. One of the messages said: "I'm all about revenge."
According to Daily Mail, Mondesir's Facebook page says he is a truck driver and described himself as "engaged." He lists his interests as classical music, ESPN and British comedy series My Family.
CBS 12 reports that one of Roosevelt's neighbors said she was shocked at the incident and that Roosevelt is "not that kind of person."
According to Orland Sentinel, a neighbor Kimberly Perez, 14, who lives across the street, said Mondesir was a good neighbor. "He used to bring us doughnuts," she said.
The Huffington Post reports it is not known whether Mondesir has yet obtained an attorney.
Daily Mail reports Breton is receiving treatment at Delray Medical Center and she is expected to survive.