Florida Sex Offender Accused of Trying to Burn Lesbian Couple and Their Children to Death
A 73-year-old man in northwest Miami is accused of attempting to murder a lesbian couple and their children by setting fire to their home while they slept in what police are calling a hate crime. Miami’s WSVN said that Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva reportedly set fire to a mattress leaning against the women’s trailer in the early hours of Saturday morning.
LaTania Dansey, her partner Norma Beteta Fonseca and their eight children escaped from the burning trailer unharmed. Dansey said that she is grateful to be alive.
“I feel good that they are OK, and we’re OK too,” she told WSVN.
“I saw flashing light. Then I heard crackling,” she said, and was therefore able to get the children out in time.
Miami police told CBS News that surveillance footage caught Valenzuela-Villanueva — who is a registered sex offender — as he left his house at around 4:30 a.m. and set the mattress ablaze.