BOCA RATON, Fla. — A delivery worker contracted through Best Buy is accused of beating an elderly woman with a mallet, dousing her with a toxic chemical and setting her on fire inside her Florida home.
According to an arrest report, police responded to a home in the Colonnades at Glen Oaks community in Boca Raton, Florida, around 9:15 a.m. on Monday.
Officers said they found the 75-year-old victim unconscious on the laundry room floor with injuries to the head and severe burns to a majority of her body.
A delivery worker for JB Home Delivery, which is contracted to deliver appliances for Best Buy, said he and 21-year-old illegal alien Jorge Dupre Lachazo delivered a washer and dryer to the victim’s home Monday morning.
After the appliances were installed, the witness said he went outside to return some phone calls, and Lachazo remained inside the home with the victim to acclimate her to the appliances and answer any questions.
The witness said he “heard multiple screams from inside the residence,” so he entered the home and noticed blood on laundry room floor, and the victim on the floor near the blood.
The witness told police “Lachazo was acting very strange,” and said he had to leave. The witness said Lachazo got in the delivery truck and fled the scene.
According to an arrest report, officers stopped Lachazo in the 7100 block of W. Glades Road. Police said “Lachazo was very sweaty and was shaking as if he was nervous.”
The hair on his legs was burned and there were ashes on his legs, police said.
The arrest report stated officers found burn marks in the laundry room along with a “strong odor of a chemical.” In addition, “a wooded handled mallet was on top of the washing machine. Blood was observed on the mallet.”
There was also a glass wine bottle on the floor, and long hair in dried blood on the bottle.
In the kitchen, police said the stove was pulled away from the wall, and a blue metal can of Acetone without a lid was on the counter. All the burners on the kitchen stove were turned on.
Detectives said Lachazo told them he was inside the victim’s home showing her how to use her appliances. He admitted to hitting her on the head with the mallet and knocking her out, but stated that she had it coming.
Police said Lachazo claimed he then got a chemical from the garage.
“(Lachazo) made a physical motion with his hands indicating that he doused (the victim) and room with the chemical agent. He then made a motion with his hands that the chemical spontaneously combusted,” the arrest report said.
Lachazo said he then got in the delivery truck and fled the scene.
Police said “Lachazo admitted to recently using cocaine, meth, heroin, and also marijuana through a vape.” However, the motive of the crime remains unclear as Lachazo speaks no English.
According to his arrest report, Lachazo’s fingerprints were found on the can of Acetone.
Police said the victim is at Delray Medical Center with multiple skull and facial fractures, as well as severe brain bleeding and second- and third-degree burns over the majority of her body. The victim “is in extremely critical and grave condition. She has been placed in hospice care,” the arrest report stated.
Lachazo is facing charges of attempted second degree murder, aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older, and arson causing great bodily harm.
In court on Tuesday, a judge granted Lachazo $500 bond/10%, and ordered him to not have any contact with the victim, her family, witnesses or the business he worked for.