Police: Man doused girlfriend with gasoline, set her on fire

SEATTLE — A woman was transported to the hospital Sunday evening after her boyfriend allegedly doused her in gasoline and set her on fire, officials said.

Seattle police and firefighters responded to the call shortly after 9:00 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 7400 block of Rainier Avenue South in Seattle.

Witnesses said the man confronted his girlfriend before dousing her with gasoline and lighting her on fire. The man then ran away.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she suffers from burns over 20 percent of her body. She is listed in critical condition, but expected to survive.

Patricia Workenh tells Q13FOX she was standing so close to the victim that at one point she was on fire, too. Workenh tried to put out the flames as the suspect ran off, she told Q13 FOX News.

"She was screaming," Workenh says. "We both were screaming. She was saying 'I'm on fire, I'm on fire.' And she was literally on fire."

Police are still searching for the suspect. He is described as a black male in his 60s, 5’7, 145 pounds, with a skinny build, wearing dark clothing at the time of the attack.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Seattle police detectives at (206) 684-0330