According to police, 32-year-old Joshua Kimbrough fled after setting his girlfriend on fire. He then went on a crime spree consisting of a carjacking and a burglary.
Police say the 26-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was burned while sitting in a chair in a Lakeland house around 7:30 Friday evening.
ABC News quotes area resident Michael Barnes, who was working on his car at the time, as saying, "She started hollering. I look up and she was completely in flames and was running towards us." Barnes says he and others he was with grabbed blankets and tried to put the flames out.
Roy Gulley, another neighbour, told ABC News he had seen altercations between the couple before. He said, "I done reached out to them like, I've even stopped him you know from jumping on her, like, 'hey man you know. Don't do that. Especially around here you know. That's your girl'".
The Daily Mail reports after Kimbrough left the house, he went to a convenience store about a third of a mile away. While at that location, he held a family at gunpoint and then stole their van.
He is alleged to have driven north and broken into a home in a residential area. He then used a credit card taken in the burglary to put gas in the stolen van.
Police arrested Kimbrough in North Lakeland the following morning after receiving a tip from a member of the public. According to Lt. Ruben Garcia of the Lakeland Police Department, Kimbrough was not particularly cooperative. WTSP quotes Garcia as saying, "He was concealed underneath the residence in a cross-basin. The dogs located him there."
Kimbrough received minor injuries from two K9 unit dogs and was taken to hospital.
My Fox Tampa Bay reports Kimbrough was denied bond when he appeared before a judge yesterday morning. He remains in the Polk County jail facing a variety of charges including attempted murder, assault, and armed carjacking. He is reported to have cursed loudly at the conclusion of his court appearance.
The 26-year-old woman is in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital. She suffered extensive burns to her upper body.