A neighbor came to the rescue of a Miami lesbian couple and their eight children after another neighbor, registered sex offender, Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, 72, set fire to the couple’s trailer while they slept.
Police arrested Valenzuela-Villanueva, who told police that he “despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians.” His bail is set at $230,000.
In the middle of the night, Valenzuela-Villanueva, who lives next door to the family, allegedly set fire to a mattress leaning on the wall of the family’s trailer, police said.
The neighbor across the street saw the fire and woke up the family who escaped the burning trailer. Other neighbors rallied to fight the fire with garden hoses until fire fighters arrived.
Police have a surveillance recording made by yet another neighbor of the arson, which allowed police to identify Valenzuela-Villanueva, who is charged him with attempted second-degree murder, arson and committing a hate crime.
In a statement to police, Valenzuela-Villanueva said that every time he saw the women kissing, he felt a deep repugnance and in his opinion they did not deserve to have children.
The family has not been named at this point.