CRIME
10/23/2014 01:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Woman Allegedly Sets Man Ablaze After He Throws Out Her Spaghetti

Clearwater Police

A Florida woman is accused of lighting a man on fire after he threw out her spaghetti and meatballs.

Melissa Dawn Sellers, 33, is charged with aggravated battery, Bay News 9 reports.

While Bay News 9 calls the victim — 42-year-old Carlos Ortiz Jr. — Sellers’ “roommate,” other media outlets identify him as her boyfriend. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Sellers doused Ortiz in nail polish remover at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at their apartment in Clearwater, then set him ablaze using either a cigarette or a lighter.

Ortiz suffered burns to his face, shoulders and chest and was taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to WTSP.

Ines Causevic, a friend of Ortiz who witnessed the incident, told Bay News 9 that she did throw water on Ortiz and rip his shirt off in an attempt to put out the flames.

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