Someone is going to have to pay for not protecting Naomie Breton and hopefully it’s not just the Florida woman who suffered severe burns after she was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend.
Surveillance video from early this morning shows the 34-year-old single mother of three pumping gas into her car when Roosevelt Mondesir, the father of her 4-year-old son, pulled up to the 7-Eleven beside her. The two were supposed to meet to exchange custody of their son but the boy was’nt with him. Instead, Mondesir rushed Breton with a gas can and what she thought was a machete, doused his child’s mother with gasoline, and then set her on fire.
On the tape, you can hear Breton yell, “Get away from me!” as she tries to lock her attacker outside the store. Mondesir proceeds to drag her outside and she screams hysterically and tears off her shirt. When the store clerk called 911 Mondesir ran off, but police dogs and helicopters found him two hours later, crouched behind bushes near the 7-Eleven.
Though this incident has landed Mondesir, 52, in jail on a charge of attempted murder, it could have been prevented. According to the Orlando Sentinel, just two weeks ago, on May 29, Breton tried to get a restraining order against Mondesir, alleging that he had threatened her for months and was prone to outbursts of rage. The judge turned down the request due to a lack of evidence and now Breton lies in a hospital with burns to her face and neck that, luckily, doctors expect her to recover from.
Court files show the couple’s turbulent relationship started long before the restraining order attempt. The couple met in 2003 while Breton was still married. Two years later, she divorced her husband and Mondesir, a truck driver, moved into the house with her and her two sons before they had a child of their own. Palm Beach County Sheriffs were routinely called to the home, and just this past February Mondesir allegedly cut up their furniture and threatened to hurt Breton and kick her out of the house. A month later Breton was arrested on a domestic battery charge stemming from a fight over a TV remote. Mondesir called the Sheriff’s Office and said his girlfriend punched him in the face, she said he hit her first and charges against her were never prosecuted.
Breton and the kids moved out just days later but Mondesir continued to harass her with threatening calls, which ultimately led up to the attack last night. Mondesir is currently being held without bond and hopefully won’t be able to attack her again.
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