KINSTON, N.C. (WNCN) – A 24-year-old woman is being treated at the UNC Burn Center after she was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire, Kinston police said.
Just before 11 a.m. Monday, a Kinston officer was flagged down while he was patrolling near Bright and East streets.
The officer found a 24-year-old woman on the sidewalk who was suffering from severe burns to her upper body, police said.
The Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue and Lenoir County EMS were called to the scene and began to treat the victim.
She was taken to UNC Lenoir before being flown to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
“It is not supposed to happen anywhere in the world much less in the small town of Kinston,” Interim Chief Tim Dilday said.
Kinston police said an unknown male approached the victim as she sat in a vehicle stopped on the side of East Street.
Dilday said the victim and suspect had a The suspect threw a flammable liquid on her and she sat in the car and set her on fire.
Dilday called the incident a “breach of humanity.”
Dilday said police could not say at this time if the attack was random.
“We are developing some suspect information. We are receiving copious amounts of cooperation from this close-knit community as well as family,” Dilday said.
The suspect is not in custody.
Anyone who has any information about this case is encouraged to call the Tips Line at 252-939-4020 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.
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