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Man Who Allegedly Set Girlfriend On Fire Arrested

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Jesus Alvarez

(Source: Miami-Dade County Police)

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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