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Jan 8, 2013 8:48 AM by Associated Press

Calif. man arrested for torching girlfriend

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have arrested a Northern California man for splashing gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her ablaze during an argument at a San Francisco coin laundry.

The San Francisco Chronicle says 22-year-old Dexter Oliver surrendered peacefully late Monday to San Francisco police officers and U.S. marshals at an Oakland hotel.

Police had been searching for Oliver since the woman was attacked on Sunday afternoon. Details on what led investigators to the Oakland hotel haven't been disclosed.

Witnesses told police they heard a screaming woman at the Bayview District laundry just after noon on Sunday.

Investigators say Oliver, who had dated the woman, threw gasoline on her and set her on fire.

The woman is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

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