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Man arrested for setting woman on fire while sleeping on porch with her boyfriend

By Mason White 1:08 PM July 25, 2017
Carl T. Magee
Carl T. Magee
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A woman has suffered horrific injuries when a stranger walked up to her porch and set her on fire.

Police in Charleston, West Virginia, launched a manhunt for the suspect over the gruesome attack.

Police had released photos of the suspect. They believed he is a danger to the community.

Detectives did not release the surveillance video of the incident because they said it was too distressing. According to police, the video shows the suspect walking up to the home as the victim and her boyfriend were sleeping on the porch, holding a gasoline can in his hand.

He doused the couple with gas and set the woman on fire. The boyfriend awoke and tried to save the victim, but he was unable to do so. The victim, Rachele Jarrett, 44, was severely burned.

She is in critical condition and doctors don’t know if she will survive. The home also suffered extensive damage from the fire.

According to her boyfriend, they never met the suspect, 34-year-old Carl T. Magee III, who was arrested and charged with attempted murder, malicious wounding and first-degree arson.

Detectives said that Magee was homeless. He was originally from California.