A woman was seriously injured this week when her live-in boyfriend set her on fire and left her alongside a Mississippi highway, KARK-TV reports.
Police on Friday arrested Jerry Glenn Willis, 43, in Arkansas on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and felony taking of a motor vehicle.
Agents from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement officers launched a nationwide manhunt for Willis after finding his 46-year-old girlfriend, Stacy Mitchell Frank, with severe burns, WREG-TV reports.
Authorities widely distributed Willis’ photograph and told the public that anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911.
“Please do not attempt to approach or interact with Willis, who is considered dangerous,” the Pearl River County (Mississippi) Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook page.
Investigators believe that Willis poured gasoline on Frank, set her ablaze and then abandoned her on the highway around 11 p.m. Wednesday night in Pearl River County, Mississippi. Frank was first transported to a local hospital and then transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center Burn Unit in Jackson, the Times-Picayune reports. She remains in critical condition.
Willis and Frank have the same address listed as their residence in Picayune, Mississippi, which is about 150 miles south of Jackson, the Sheriff’s Office said. Arkansas State Police captured Willis as he was trying to burn and destroy Frank’s vehicle, according to Sheriff David Allison of the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office.
A dispatcher confirmed that Willis was in custody and said the extradition process has started.
[Feature Photo: Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office]