BOYNTON BEACH (CBSMiami) – A woman was hospitalized Monday morning after she was doused with gasoline at a Boynton Beach 7-Eleven and set on fire.
Police were called to the store around 3 a.m.
When officers arrived, the 40-year old woman said she had gone to store to meet with 59-year old Roosevelt Mondesir with whom she has a son. The woman told the officers that they share custody of the four year old boy and she had gone to the store so Mondesir could drop him off to her. When he arrived, however, the woman said she noticed that her son was not in the car.
When Mondesir pulled up to her, he got out and began dousing the woman and her car with gas from a gas can, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The woman ran inside the store and tried to hold the doors closed. A knife wielding Mondesir, however, overpowered her and dragged her outside and set her on fire. Fully engulfed in flames, the woman ripped off her burning top and patted out the remaining flames. The woman was taken to the Delray Beach Medical Center where she was said to be in fair condition Monday afternoon.
Mondesir took off on foot, leaving his car behind.
Police set up a perimeter and with the assistance of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s helicopter and several K9s, found Mondesir hours later hiding in some bushes near the 7-11.
He was taken into custody and then taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital where he too was treated for burns,
Her son was later found safe at the home of the boyfriend.
“How horrible, how horrible. He is not that kind of person” said a woman who knows the couple but did not want to be identified in this report.
“I’m stunned, I’m shocked, I’m hurt, I’m crushed. I can’t believe it because he was a nice fellow,” said the woman.
Mondesir will be charged with one count of Attempted First Degree Murder.