On Monday, Naomie Breton was doused with gasoline and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend and father of her 4-year-old son, Roosevelt Mondesir, at a 7-Eleven in Boynton Beach, Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The entire incident was caught on surveillance camera.
Breton suffered burns to her body and face, but is expected to recover, according to doctors at Delray Medical Center.
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The two, who were living together and had separated, agreed to meet outside of a local 7-Eleven at 3 a.m. to exchange custody of their son. Brenton was pumping gas into her car when Mondesir pulled up. But the boy was not with him. Instead, he allegedly charged her with a machete and a can of gas. Breton ran into the 7-Eleven for safety, but Mondesir caught up with her.
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“Get away from me!” Breton yells as she tries to lock her attacker outside the store. Moments later, he drags her outside. She reappears on camera engulfed in flames, shrieking hysterically as she tears off her shirt. A frantic store clerk calls 911 and the attacker ran off, police said.
Police dogs and helicopters found him two hours later, crouched behind bushes near the 7-Eleven. The incident ended with Breton at the hospital and Mondesir, 52, behind bars on a charge of attempted murder.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies broke into Mondesir’s nearby home on Mackinac Road near Lantana, where they found the pair’s 4-year-old son sleeping, unharmed and alone, said Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.
The irony of this horrible attack is that Breton tried to get a restraining order against Mondesir on May 29, but was turned down due to lack of evidence. The couple shared a violent relationship.
The couple’s turbulent relationship began after they met in 2003, according to court files. Breton was married at the time, but she and her husband divorced in 2005. Mondesir, a truck driver for a Pompano Beach beverage distributor, moved into the single-story house on Mackinac Road where Breton lived with her two sons, now 11 and 13. The pair later had a son together.
The relationship grew volatile, and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies often got called to the couple’s home, according to court files. In February, Mondesir allegedly cut up their furniture and threatened to hurt Breton and kick her out of the house, she said in her request for a restraining order.
In March, a fight over the television remote ended with a violent outburst and Breton’s arrest on a domestic battery charge. Mondesir called the Sheriff’s Office and said his girlfriend punched him in the face. Breton said she hit him after he slugged her first. She was never prosecuted.
The boy is in the custody of Breton’s family.
John Critchett, owner of the limo service company where Breton works as a dispatcher, says he hopes she’ll be able to move on after this horrible event.
“We’re all praying for her,” Critchett said. “How horrific can you be to do this to someone?”
Mondesir has been arrested and charged with 1st-degree attempted murder.