Man arrested for dousing wife’s clothes with gasoline, threatening to kill her

By John McPhaul

A man was arrested on Saturday afternoon for an incident in Sabana Grande in which he allegedly attacked his wife and doused her clothes with gasoline, threatening to kill her in front of minors, the police said Sunday.

The detainee was identified as Héctor Flores Báez.

According to an investigation by the authorities, on Thursday night Flores Báez hit his wife with his cell phone and grabbed her by the neck, telling her that he was going to kill her in the presence of her children.

He then threatened her with a machete and threw gasoline on her clothes, lighting a lighter.

The next day the woman fled the home.

The case was given to prosecutor Sandra Lebrón Rosado, who ordered the filing of charges against Flores Báez for violating articles 3.2 and 3.3 of Law 54 and article 6.06 of the Weapons Law.

Flores Báez was brought before Judge Angie Acosta, who after hearing the evidence presented determined cause for arrest by imposing a bond of $150,000, which the man did not pay. He was booked and admitted to the holding center in Bayamón.

A preliminary hearing in the case was set for June 16 at 9 a.m.

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