Man Charged with 11 Felonies for Setting His Girlfriend on Fire

January 10, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Dexter Oliver, age 22, was charged with 11 felonies for setting his girlfriend on fire on January 6, 2013.

“The acts of this defendant are despicable and he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The cycle of domestic violence must end. This case illustrates how domestic violence is never an isolated incident but rather a pattern of physical and emotional abuse that increases in severity.”

According to court documents, on January 6 the victim and the defendant had an argument in their home because the victim asked the defendant to help carry dirty clothes to the Laundromat and the defendant refused. The victim then went to the Laundromat located a few blocks away from their home. While the victim was at the Laundromat, the defendant grabbed two empty bottles of Pedia-Sure and filled them with gasoline. The defendant then went to the Laundromat, threw gasoline on the victim and lit her on fire. The victim ran towards their home while she was burning and the defendant fled from the scene of the crime. The victim remains in the hospital and is suffering from life threatening burn injuries that have left her almost unrecognizable.

“We believe justice in this case will move the family, the community and our city towards healing. We need to raise awareness that domestic violence is not acceptable in any zip code. We thank the District Attorney for his leadership,” said Beverly Upton, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium.

The defendant was charged with 11 felonies with additional domestic violence enhancements and allegations. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, torture, battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon-not a firearm, assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, assault with intent to commit a felony, assault with caustic chemicals, arson causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, possession or manufacture of combustible material or incendiary device.

The defendant faces multiple life terms. Attempted murder, aggravated mayhem and torture each carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. He is currently on misdemeanor probation for violating a court order from a domestic violence incident on October 2011. His bail is set at 10 million dollars. Assistant District Attorney Hillary Blout is prosecuting the case.