Clearwater Police Arrest Woman For Setting Boyfriend On Fire

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Clearwater Police Arrest Woman For Setting Boyfriend On Fire

October 22, 2014

Press release was modified from attempted murder to aggravated battery

Clearwater Police have charged a woman with aggravated battery after she set her boyfriend on fire early this morning.

According to officers, 33 year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers got into an argument shortly before 2:30 AM with her 42 year-old boyfriend Carlos Ortiz Jr.

The two had been drinking at 310 Gunn Avenue and and Sellers doused the upper body of Ortiz with nail polish remover and then ignited him with either a lighter or cigarette.

Ortiz was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he is in critical condition with burns to his face, chest and shoulders.

Sellers left the scene before police arrived, but later came back from her stepfather’s residence nearby and was arrested.
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