Man Who Allegedly Set Girlfriend On Fire Arrested

MIAMI (CBS4) – Miami-Dade Police have arrested Jesus Alvarez, the man suspected of lighting his girlfriend on fire and causing her subsequent death.

Alvarez was taken into custody Saturday and charged with first-degree murder, according to Miami-Dade spokesman Det. Alvaro Zabaleta.

Margarita Blanco died of her injuries, police say.

Blanco was allegedly being beaten by Alvarez, outside her mobile home and ran inside for protection early Wednesday evening. Alvarez followed her inside and that is where the alleged burning took place.

Detective Roy Rutland said last week the woman had been chased through the trailer park as Alvarez beat her.

“There was a short period of time where this man disappeared, we believe that is the point he went and retrieved five gallon container of fuel, gasoline, at that point it appears he continued to beat her,” Detective Rutland said.

“That is when he doused her with fuel, we believe it was gasoline, but we’re still waiting for results, and set her on fire.”

On Friday Blanco’s mother, Julia Mendez, described the attack.

“He came in and took her out by the hair. He grabbed her and punched her over and over and right there he threw her on the floor while punching her,” Mendez said.

Miami-Dade Police say Alvarez is a career criminal.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. SWEET says:

    This dirtbag should be burned to death so he can experience the same thing……See how he likes it.

  2. Chet says:

    If I were to live to be a 1000 years old I still think I couldn’t grasp how someone could be so cruel or understand how women can keep going back to a abusive relationship as even my own mother did.

    1. yokolee says:

      Horrible and incomprehensible and in front of her mother….

  3. milton fuentes says:

    this man really deserves to die if a person comite a crime of that nature on this erath that person has to die for

  4. milton fuentes says:

    hi is a coward i think that man like that one do not have the minimum mercy for that lady so the justice has to apply NO MERCY for this mounster.

  5. kitana says:

    u people have no idea what this man has been through or his social mileau! all these posts are so ignorant, we must explore the reasons behind behavior such as this not jump to conclusions that the man is evil and deserves to be tortured! 9 times out of 10 you will find the problem wasnt an individual’s fault, but the fault of society

    1. Judy Griffiths says:

      yea. never been burnt to death have u?
      it is never the individual’s fault anymore, is it?
      ur logic sustains actions such as his.

    2. essevaughn says:

      Two words. Personal responsibility.

    3. Nette says:

      You sound stupid there isnt anyone who deserves to be burned to death fault or no fault!!!

  6. makman says:

    you apologists for criminals need to understand something,,,capital punishment is not meant to be a deterrent…it’s meant to be just punishment for scum and vermin such as this lowlife animal

  7. jOSEPHINE says:

    hum! Kitana !!! how many times have you been beaten and found some excuses to go back to the monster? \Be very carefull what his next step is going to be.
    PLEASE IT’S NO FAULT OF THE SOCIETY. GIVE US A BREAK

    1. yokolee says:

      agree with josephine

  8. debi says:

    i agree with josephine. it seems nowadays everyone wants to blame society, their parents, their upbringing for things they do wrong. WHAT HAPPENED TO PERSONAL RESPONSIBILTY FOR OUR OWN ACTIONS! this man is not the victim, it was his girlfriend who was the vicitm….

  9. yokolee says:

    Best news -if any- he can’t hurt no one ever again , i hope….

  10. miami says:

    evil is born, not created. RIP to all victims who happen to associate with such criminals. Find peace above. To all the commentators; live today (and your lives) to the fullest. Enjoy your Sunday brunches, I sure will. Don’t take anything for granted.

  11. FRANKIE says:

    HE SOULD NOT GO TO JAIL, WHERE MY TAX DOLLERS WILL KEEP HIM ALIVE AND WASHED AND WELL FED. WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN IS HE SHOULD BE BURNED ALIVE I WOULD LIKE TO WATCH HIM SCREAM, HUMMM…WE COULD HAVE A LOTERY TO LIGHT HIM UP. I WOULD PAY FOR A 10.00 TICKET FOR THAT!

  12. Jane Doe says:

    He now has an immigration hold on him. Why did they not deport him sooner as he is career criminal? When you get your greencard you are informed that you can be deported if you commit a felony. Even when a person has gotten their citizenship they can still be deported.

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