MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Detectives have questioned one of two men in connection with a disturbing crime in which a man was set on fire outside a northwest Miami-Dade gas station on Christmas night.
Investigators have confirmed that 21-year-old Alex Cineas, of Miramar, has come forward but at this time, no charges have been filed.
A second man, Willie Summersett, 29, is also believed to have been involved and police are still looking for him.
Summersett is currently wanted on an attempted first degree murder warrant.
Police believe there were two more people involved, a man and woman, but have not released their names or descriptions.
Forty-four year old Darrel Bracket, who was burned over 75 percent of his body, remains in extremely critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
“He won’t be the same,” said his sister Angela.
Brackett’s family was in tears at news conference on Thursday where police released new information on the men they say are responsible for setting him on fire.
According to police, Brackett and his girlfriend had dropped off guests after hosting a Christmas night cookout. On their way home, their van ran out of gas and Brackett walked to the U-Gas station at 4700 NW 27th Ave.
Brackett paid for three dollars of gas which he put in a can and began to walk back to the van.
No one is sure what happened next, but a woman saw Brackett on fire and ran to help.
Brackett reportedly told the woman that three men set him on fire, according to his mother Bridgette Brackett.
Police have obtained surveillance tape of Summersett when he went to Hialeah Hospital to be treated for burns. A records check showed Summersett had an extensive criminal record. Cineas was also spotted on the hospital’s tapes along with the two other people suspected in Brackett’s attack.
Brackett’s sister said she still doesn’t understand why the attack happened and police aren’t sure either because they haven’t been able to communicate with Brackett.
“I don’t understand why, but just for us, as the family, just turn yourself in, said Angela.
“I forgive the people who’ve done this,” said Brackett’s mother Bridgette, “I have no animosity, because in the long run, they will be brought to justice and will have to answer to what they have done.”
Police are asking anyone with information on what happened to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471 TIPS.