Arrest made in burned girlfriend case

AP file photoDexter Oliver

The man suspected of dousing his girlfriend with gasoline over a laundry dispute was arrested late Monday.

Officers from the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigations Division and the U.S. Marshal’s Service took Dexter Oliver into custody at an Oakland hotel after receiving information as to his whereabouts.

San Francisco police reported that Oliver, 22, was arrested without incident. He was booked into County Jail on charges of attempted murder and arson.

The victim, 25-year-old Starr Lamare, remains in critical condition but is expected to survive, police said Monday.

According to KTVU (Ch. 2), Oliver has an extensive criminal history that includes a previous domestic violence charge out of San Mateo County.

On Sunday, police were called to the area of Hollister Avenue and Jennings Street about noon and found Lamare suffering from severe burns. She was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, but has improved.

Precious Craig, the victim’s sister, told media outlets that the incident was related to an argument at a laundromat.

“They argue and stuff all the time, but I didn’t think it was going to go this far,” she said. “My sister wanted to leave her clothes at the laundromat, but he didn’t want to leave them there. … He got mad and threw the clothes down.”

Witnesses said Oliver ran home from the laundromat, grabbed a bottle of gasoline and returned to douse Lamare before setting her on fire.

“I saw him pour gasoline in a bottle and he left,” Craig said. “I didn’t know he was going to burn her.”

Lamare will need extensive reconstructive surgery over the next few months, according to a report on

Witnesses at the scene said Oliver also fled with Lamare’s purse.

Police did not say what information they received, but the arrest was made at a hotel at West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue, just off the MacArthur Freeway and close the MacArthur BART station.

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