Florida man, 53, enraged by unrequited love douses woman, 61, with gasoline and sets her on fire after finding out she was romantically involved with his step-father
- Luis Angel Quinonez, 53, is accused of dousing Angelica Acosta Blanco, 61, in gasoline and then setting her aflame on Monday night
- Quinonez told police he carried out the horrifying attack because he was in love with Blanco, but found out she was involved romantically with his step-father
- Neighbors reported seeing Blanco running out of the home covered in flames, with her skin visibly peeling as she was screaming out for help
- Quinonez reportedly grabbed a hose but instead of dousing the woman with water, he walked straight past her and aimed it at the ablaze home instead
- Blanco was then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment where she was reported to be in a critical condition as of late Tuesday
- Neighbors of Quinonez said he had always made them uneasy and described how they ‘all knew’ that one day he would snap
- Quinonez has several previous arrests for domestic violence and battery
- He is facing a charge of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail
Luis Angel Quinonez, 53, was arrested in Lantana, Florida early Tuesday after he reportedly set a woman he was in love with on fire after learning she was romantically involved with his step father
A Florida man seething over unrequited love set a woman on fire after finding out she was involved in a sexual relationship with his step father, authorities have revealed.
Luis Angel Quinonez, 53, is accused of dousing Angelica Acosta Blanco, 61, in gasoline and then setting her alight on Monday night.
Authorities were first alerted to the scene following several 911 calls reporting that a home was on fire in the 7100 block of San Castle Boulevard, in Lantana, at around 10:30pm.
Neighbors then reported seeing Blanco running from the home covered in flames with her skin visible peeling away. Another said her face was so burnt that ‘all you could see where the whites in her eyes’.
Witnesses said they saw Quinonez grab a hose as Blanco ran from the property. However, rather than dousing the flames engulfing the woman, he walked straight past her and instead began spraying water at the ablaze home – ignoring her cries for help.
Firefighters arrived to find Blanco covered in second and third-degree burns. Quinonez, meanwhile, was still said to be stood hosing down the flames emanating from the property.
Quinonez was detained at the scene after Blanco told witnesses that he was the person who had set her on fire.
Blanco was then airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment where she was reported to be in a critical condition as of late Tuesday.
Authorities were first alerted to the scene following several 911 calls reporting a home was on fire in the 7100 block of San Castle Boulevard, in Lantana, at 10:30pm (pictured above is the aftermath of the fire at the home)
The charred remnants of the home’s interior is seen in the above images. Deputies noted that the interior of the home was also set alight, with windows melted, piles of ash in the residence and black soot everywhere.
During questioning, Quinonez reportedly told deputies with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office that he set fire to Blanco and his home after becoming enraged about the ‘romantic relationship’ she was reportedly sharing with his stepfather, Feliberto Alvarez.
Quinonez allegedly told police he was jealous of their relations because he was also in love with Blanco, a report states.
Blanco had reportedly been living in the family’s home for several years, having cared for Quinonez’s mother until the woman died just over a month ago. Alvarez lived on the property, but in a separate home, authorities said.
Quinonez said he became aware of the relationship earlier Monday and demanded Blanco leave the residence before he returned home later that evening.
During that time, the 53-year-old told investigators that he went to a nearby gas station, filled up a container with gasoline and then returned home.
When he arrived to find she hadn’t left, he reportedly poured gasoline over her as she lay in bed and then set her on fire using a lighter.
Deputies noted that the interior of the home was also set alight, with windows melted, piles of ash in the residence and black soot found throughout the home.
Quinonez also told police he had been drinking prior to the attack, according to a PBSO report.
He reiterated he had feelings for the woman and then reportedly told police he wished he had killed his stepfather instead, who was not home at the time.
Quinonez said that he and Blanco never shared a sexual relationship, but learning of her relations with Alvarez added ‘to all of the problems he had accumulating in his life.’
When detectives asked if he was aware that the incident could have killed Blanco, Quinonez reportedly replied, ‘I know.’
A Google Image street view of the home shows a Sheriff’s patrol vehicle parked out front. Quinonez has several previous arrests and convictions for domestic violence and battery charges
Blanco had reportedly been living in the family’s home for several years, having cared for Quinonez’s mother until the woman died just over a month ago. Quinonez asked her to leave on Monday, but when she refused he doused her and the home in gasoline
Multiple neighbors who live near San Castle Boulevard recounted for WPEC how Quinonez had always made them uneasy but said they could’ve never predicted the horrifying scenes that unfolded on Monday night.
‘We all knew one day he was gonna snap,’ Donna Franco told the network. ‘He’d be out in the yard in these speedo things playing the piano and grabbing himself, howling at cars. I was afraid of him.’
Franco and other neighbors revealed how they would allegedly go out of their way to avoid interactions with Quinonez.
The neighbor said she was watching television in her nearby home on Monday when she heard the commotion. Franco said she ran outside to find Blanco ablaze.
‘She came walking from the backyard and she was smoking and the skin was kind of like coming off,’ Franco said. ‘Her face was burnt. All you could see were the whites of her eyes.’
Quinonez has several previous arrests and convictions for domestic violence and battery charges, the Palm Beach Post reported.
In 2010 and 2007, he pleaded guilty to battery for attacking different family members in the home. Arrest reports indicate that alcohol was a factor in both cases, the outlet reported.
In the other arrests, all involving some type of battery, the charges were dropped after he sought treatment at a mental-health facility, court records show.
Quinonez is facing a charge of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and is being held without bond in the Palm Beach County Jail.