Sheriff: Florida man beat, raped and tried to set woman on fire at Keys resort


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A man from Hialeah allegedly raped and beat woman for hours at a resort in Islamorada on Thursday night and then tried to set her on fire, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim told deputies that Jorge Moreno, 34, checked into the Amara Cay Resort around 5 p.m. Thursday and attacked her when he asked for her cell phone and she refused, the Miami Herald reports.

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Moreno allegedly threatened to kill the victim and her child, and also forced her into a bathroom, held a towel over her face and ran water over her “so she would feel like she was drowning,” the Herald reports.

The victim told deputies Moreno then doused her in Tequila and said he would set her on fire, but then fell asleep when he couldn’t find a lighter.

Early Friday morning, Moreno drove the woman to a bridge and again threatened to kill her by pushing her off, deputies said. He then dropped the victim off at her parents’ house in Cutler Bay and left to go back to Islamorada.

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The victim alerted deputies, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers found Moreno in Plantation Key.

He remains in the Monroe County Jail on no bond and faces charges of attempted murder, sexual battery, and false imprisonment.


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