A delivery worker was accused of beating a 75-year-old Florida woman with a mallet, dousing her with a toxic chemical, and setting her on fire inside her Boca Raton home, WPTV reported.
The woman died after she was moved to hospice care following the attack.
A worker for a delivery company that’s contracted to deliver appliances for Best Buy said he and 21-year-old Jorge Dupre Lachazo delivered a washer and dryer to her home on Monday morning, Aug. 19.
After the appliances were installed, the witness said he went outside to return some phone calls. He said he “heard multiple screams from inside the residence,” so he entered the home and noticed blood on laundry room floor, and the elderly woman on the floor near the blood.
Lachazo admitted to hitting the woman on the head with a mallet and burning her with acetone, police said. He also admitted to getting in the delivery truck and fleeing the scene.
Officers stopped Lachazo in the 7100 block of W. Glades Road, the hair on his legs was burned and there were ashes on his legs, police said, “Lachazo was very sweaty and was shaking as if he was nervous.”
“A wooded handled mallet was on top of the washing machine. Blood was observed on the mallet,” in addition, there was also a glass wine bottle on the floor, and long hair in dried blood on the bottle.
The arrest report said: “[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.”
“Lachazo admitted to recently using cocaine, as well as marijuana through a vape,” police said.
Detectives said Lachazo was showing the 75-year-old how to operate the appliances at the time of the attack.
The woman suffered third-degree burns and multiple skull fractures. She died from her injuries on Tuesday, Aug. 19, police said.
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. The charges could be upgraded now that the elderly woman has died.
Best Buy said it suspended the relationship with the local subcontracted delivery company and also hired an independent security firm to review its screening and safety programs.