Police search for man who allegedly burned girlfriend; vehicle recovered

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
Ivan Rodriguez By Jennifer Thomas Ivan Rodriguez By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Police need help looking for a man accused of attempting to burn his girlfriend to death.

At 5 a.m. Saturday, police say Ivan Rodriguez became upset with his girlfriend after she came home from a night out with her friend. During a struggle, he doused the victim in gasoline and set her on fire.

Her body was 30 percent burned, according to authorities. Rodriguez soon fled the scene in his car after neighbors heard the victim's screams.

The victim remains in stable condition at a local hospital.

Authorities are still searching for Rodriguez. He is described as 44 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

The vehicle he escaped in is a two-door 2006 black Volkswagen Golf with the license plate AWB9669. The vehicle was recovered Monday morning in the area of Van Buren and 44th streets in Phoenix.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a gray shirt with black writing on the front and white sneakers. He also sustained serious burns to one of his forearms.

Police say the suspect should be considered dangerous, and they believe he is still in the Phoenix area. He was last seen in the areas of 52nd Street and Thomas Road, 52nd and Van Buren streets, and 51st Avenue and Thomas Road.

Anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.