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A Florida man has been accused of pouring accelerant on his girlfriend and then using a cigarette to light her on fire, before fleeing the scene and purchasing a bus ticket to Mexico.
Noe Jimenez-Cortes, 40, is now facing charges of attempted murder and arson for the brutal attack that left his girlfriend fighting for her life at a local hospital with severe burns on 99% of her body, according to The South Florida Sun Sentinel.
“I think the court should know that the doctors do not expect this victim to survive her injuries,” Broward Assistant State Attorney Alix Buckelew said during a bond hearing Tuesday. “She was burned on 99% of her body. The only two places on her body that weren’t burned were the soles of her feet and one part of her ankle.”
The Broward Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the Lauderdale Mobile Home Park in North Lauderdale Monday morning at approximately 4:30 a.m., according to a release from the department.
When deputies arrived, they found a badly burned woman. Despite her severe injuries, she allegedly was able to tell authorities that she had been intentionally set on fire by her boyfriend.
“The preliminary investigation reveals that Jimenez-Cortes poured an accelerant on the victim’s body and ignited the fire with a cigarette,” the sheriff’s office said.
A nearby neighbor called 911 during the violent attack after hearing a woman screaming for help.
“A lady is screaming outside her house like crazy,” the caller said, according to the paper. “She’s burnt.”
The man did not leave his house, but saw the horrific violence from his window.
“I hear her saying she can’t walk,” he said.
Another neighbor, identified as Norma, told local station WPLG that she heard the victim outside her front door saying she was dying and begging for someone to call the police.
Buckelew said in court Tuesday that investigators also have surveillance footage of the incident.
Jimenez-Cortes fled the scene before deputies arrived, but he was apprehended Monday night without incident in North Lauderdale, authorities said.
“He did have a bus ticket to Mexico,” Buckelew said.
Jimenez-Cortes is currently being held without bond in the Broward County Jail and has been ordered to surrender his passport.
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