A Picayune man accused of dousing his girlfriend in gasoline and burning her alive has been captured in Blackton, Arkansas, the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Friday.
Jerry Glenn Willis, 43, was picked up without incident after he was spotted setting a car on fire there, authorities said. Willis is currently being held in the Monroe County, Arkansas, jail pending extradition back to Mississippi to face charges here.
Willis has been on the run since Wednesday night, when he allegedly set Stacey Frank on fire and left her on the side of Mississippi 11.
According to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Arkansas State Police made the arrest and also seized the Nissan Rogue that belonged to Frank. The SUV was set on fire, authorities said.
Willis was initially facing charges of aggravated domestic violence in the case but that charge was upgraded to attempted murder, according to MBI spokesperson Warren Strain. He is also facing charges of felony taking of a motor vehicle and kidnapping.
When Frank was found on the highway a short distance from Pearl River County Hospital around 11 p.m. Wednesday, she appeared to be naked and bleeding. Authorities rushed her to an area hospital, but she was later transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center Burn Unit in Jackson.
A GoFundme account has been set up to raise money to help cover Frank’s medical expenses. Frank suffered burns to 30 percent of her body, which included burns to her face, shoulders, chest and side, according to relatives. She was expected to undergo surgery Friday.
Her condition remains critical.