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SF: Woman Severely Burned After Being Doused with Flammable Liquid

San Francisco police are searching for a man who allegedly threw a flammable liquid on a woman he was dating and set her on fire Sunday afternoon, causing severe injuries.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, was found suffering from severe burns in the area of Hollister Avenue and Jennings Street after callers reported hearing a woman screaming around 12:15 p.m., according to Officer Carlos Manfredi.

The burns were apparently caused when someone threw a flammable liquid on her and set her on fire, according to Manfredi.

The woman was taken to St. Francis Hospital's burn center, where she is being treated for life threatening injuries, Manfredi said.

Police are now searching for Dexter Oliver, a 22-year-old man who is thought to have had a dating relationship with the victim.

He is described as being approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red and white hoodie jacket, dark pajama pants with a multi-colored shamrock print, with gray and red Nike tennis shoes.

He has a haircut that includes a fish shaved on one side of his head and a lightning bolt on the other, Manfredi said.

Oliver faces attempted murder and arson charges.

Anyone who comes into contact with him is asked to contact San Francisco police immediately.

Oakland: Fatal Crash Blocks North I-880 Near High Street

A man was run over and killed on an Oakland freeway Sunday evening after he crashed into the center divider and then attempted to run across four lanes of traffic, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, who was traveling north on Interstate Highway 880 near High Street in a Honda Civic, crashed into the center divider around 7:45 p.m., CHP Officer Sam Morgan said.

The driver, whose identity has not yet been determined, then attempted to run across four lanes of traffic, Morgan said.

He was struck by two vehicles and sustained fatal injuries.

Both drivers who struck the man stopped and are assisting with inquiries, Morgan said.

The cause of the initial crash remains under investigation.

The crash blocked traffic on northbound 880 for several hours, but the roadway has since been cleared, Morgan said.

SJ: Car Drives off Almaden Expressway into Pond, People Trapped

One woman was killed Sunday afternoon when her car went off the Almaden Expressway onramp to state Highway 85 and landed in a pond, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.

Witnesses say the vehicle, which appears to have been traveling from a nearby Costco store, failed to make a turn on the ramp and instead drove straight up a curb, through a fence and into the pond around 2:40 p.m., CHP Officer DJ Sarabia said.

The car became submerged in the pond, which Sarabia said serves as a holding tank for the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Bystanders and emergency responders tried to reach the driver, who was trapped inside, but were unsuccessful.

Sarabia said the woman, whose identity has not yet been released, was removed from the vehicle by divers around 3:15 p.m. and taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where she was declared dead.

Although initial reports suggested there might be more than one person in the car, Sarabia said divers found only one victim.

Investigators have not yet determined whether the woman was speeding or what caused the accident, Sarabia said.

The ramp and surrounding area has been cleared and is open to traffic.

SJ: Police Investigate City's First Homicide

Police in San Jose were investigating an apparent homicide Sunday morning, a police department spokesman said.

At about 8 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of Tripoli Avenue on a report of a body in front of a home, Officer Albert Morales said.

Arriving officers found a Hispanic man in his 30s who had been shot, Morales said.

Paramedics declared the man dead at about 8:05 a.m.

No one has been arrested in connection with the crime, which remains under investigation.

It is San Jose's first homicide of 2013, Morales said.

Palo Alto: Man Arrested on Suspicion of Package Theft, Linked to SJ Cases

A Union City man arrested in Palo Alto on New Year's Day has been linked to several thefts of packages off of porches in the South Bay, police said Sunday.

Andrew Philip Stafford, 25, was arrested on New Year's Day after a resident on the 2600 block of Marshall Drive saw a suspect allegedly taking two packages off the porch of a home, according to Palo Alto police.

Stafford was found to be in possession of the two packages, as well as a collapsible baton and a .45-caliber handgun, methamphetamine, cocaine and materials used in drug sales, police said.

A search of a storage locker owned by Stafford located two additional boxes that police believe were stolen off porches in San Jose.

While package theft is common throughout the Bay Area, especially around the holidays, Palo Alto has seen only a few isolated cases in the past month, police said.

Investigators are working to determine if Stafford is connected with additional cases.

Marin Co.: Fremont Man Allegedly Caught Burglarizing Home Near Sausalito 

A Fremont man caught inside a Sausalito home was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of burglary after deputies surrounded the house, according to the Marin County Sheriff's office.

A resident on Gate 6 road called deputies around 10:30 a.m. to report that he had just returned from walking his dog when he saw a man inside his home, Lt. Douglas Pittman said.

Deputies arriving on the scene saw the suspect on the home's back deck, and then later saw him walk back into the home, Pittman said. Backup officers arrived and surrounded the house, but the suspect did not respond to initial attempts to speak to him.

As police approached the home, however, the suspect stepped out the front door and officers took him into custody.

A search of the home and the suspect found several items that appeared to be stolen from the home, Pittman said.

The suspect was identified as David Hutherson, 39, a Fremont resident.

He was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, possession of stolen property and being under the influence of narcotics or drugs, Pittman said. Bail was set at $50,000.

SJ: Single Family Home Damaged in Garage Fire

A single-family home in San Jose took major damage in a garage fire Sunday evening, according to fire officials.

The fire on the 2500 block of Loomis Drive was reported around 6:35 p.m. when a 19-year-old male occupant of the home woke up to the smell of smoke and the sound of smoke detectors going off, San Jose Fire Capt. Rob Brown said.

The resident was able to get out of the house safely and call firefighters, but by the time they arrived five minutes later the garage was heavily involved in flames, Brown said.

The fire was brought under control around 7:50 p.m., but not before it had extended into the main house and done extensive damage.

Firefighters were unable to go into the garage to put out the fire completely because the roof became unsafe, so they remained on the scene into the evening to keep a watch, Brown said.

Three occupants were displaced by the fire, but no one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.

Oakland: Man Stabs Taxi Driver After Argument at BART Station

A taxicab driver was stabbed by a patron outside of the MacArthur BART station Saturday evening, a police officer said.

Around 6:45 p.m., a man got into a cab at a taxi stand outside of the BART station on 40th Street and stabbed the driver after the two got into an argument, Officer J. Moore said.

The man fled the scene on foot, and the driver was taken to a hospital in stable condition to be treated for a stab wound. The suspect was not in custody as of 1 a.m. 

Pleasanton: Man Stabbed After Bar Confrontation

A man was stabbed in a fight at a Pleasanton bar early Saturday morning, according to police. A short time after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of the Red Coats Pub at 336 St. Mary's St., but were unable to locate a victim, police said.

About 8:10 a.m., a man with a stab wound to the back arrived at the emergency room at ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton saying that he had been in a fight the previous night and had been stabbed.

The man was treated for a minor stab wound and released.

Police said the victim reported that he went to pick up his girlfriend from the Red Coats Pub after she told him a man at the bar was harassing her.

The victim arrived in the back of the bar and got into an altercation with the suspect, who then pulled out a knife and stabbed him once in the back, according to police.

The suspect fled the area and has not been located. Police are investigating the episode, which they believe is an isolated incident.

SF Bay Area Morning Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy skies are expected in the Bay Area this morning. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s with winds up to 5 mph.

Partly cloudy skies are likely this evening, with lows expected to be in the upper 40s and winds up to 10 mph.

Partly cloudy skies are expected Tuesday morning. Highs are likely to be in the upper 50s with light winds.


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