Galveston police Thursday were looking for a woman accused in an arrest warrant of setting a man on fire Tuesday, officials said.

Nancy Ruth Allen, 49, was wanted on a charge of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury to a person in a previous dating relationship, Galveston Police Capt. Joshua Schirard said.

“They’re looking for her, but she kind of bounces around the island a lot and doesn’t have one single address,” Schirard said.

The Galveston County District Attorney’s office would not confirm a warrant had been issued for Allen or provide a bond amount or comment other than to say the attack was under investigation, First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Petroff said.

Court records list Allen as a transient.

Allen has a lengthy criminal history in Galveston County, including a recent charge for assault causing bodily injury to a family member for which she pleaded no contest and was sentenced June 9 to 94 days in county jail, court records show.

Allen had some sort of relationship with the 46-year-old man that was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch with serious, but not life-threatening, burns on his hands and his face, officials said.

Emergency responders were called about 6 a.m. Tuesday to the 500 block of 21st Street by a person who said he had just been set ablaze.

Responders arrived and found the man, with some of his clothes still aflame.

Police accuse Allen of throwing some sort of accelerant at the man and setting him on fire, Schirard said.

The victim’s name is not being released, Schirard said.

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(3) comments

Mojo Boogie

A photo (mug shot) sure would help.

Dan Braverman

Moon Flower

Just google Nancy Ruth Allen

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