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A delivery man from Hialeah was arrested after police say he badly beat an elderly woman in her Boca Raton home before dousing her with a liquid chemical, leaving her critically injured.
Jorge Luis Dupre Lachazo, 21, was arrested on second-degree attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a person over 65, and arson, Boca Raton Police said Tuesday.
According to police, Lachazo and another delivery driver had been contracted through Best Buy to deliver a washer and dryer to the victim on Monday morning. At one point, the driver went outside to make phone calls to the office, while Lachazo was inside speaking with the woman about the new appliances.
That’s when the driver heard screaming coming from the house and ran inside and found the victim covered in blood on the floor, police said. The driver called 911 while Lachazo got in the delivery truck and drove away.
A responding officer saw the truck leaving the neighborhood and stopped it, taking Lachazo into custody. Lachazo was “very sweaty and was shaking, as if he was nervous,” an officer noted in an arrest report.
The officer wrote that the hairs on Lachazo’s lower legs were burnt, and the surface of his legs looked like they had ashes on them, the report said.
Lachazo admitted to beating the woman and dousing her with the chemical, and told officers he had used cocaine and marijuana earlier in the day, police said.
“Lachazo made a physical motion with his hands indicating that he doused [the victim] and room with the chemical agent,” the report said. “He then made a motion with his hands that the chemical spontaneously combusted. He denied knowing the ignition source that was used to start the fire.”
The arrest report said officers found a wooden handled mallet on the woman’s washing machine with blood on it. There was also dried blood on the washing machine and a wine bottle found at the scene, the report said.
The 75-year-old woman, who suffered burns and trauma injuries, was hospitalized in extremely critical condition, police said. Police didn’t give a possible motive for the attack.
Lachazo was being held without bond Tuesday. Attorney information wasn’t available.