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Florida man lights girlfriend on fire with a cigarette, flees the scene

A south Florida woman is in critical condition after her boyfriend allegedly set her on fire early Monday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

Noe Jimenez-Cortes, 40, was taken into custody Monday evening in North Lauderdale, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies are investigating the incident as an attempted murder. Jimenez-Cortes has not yet been booked, according to jail records.

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The sheriff’s office received a call at about 4:30 a.m., and when they arrived at the location, they found a woman who told them her boyfriend had set her on fire and fled.

“The preliminary investigation reveals that Jimenez-Cortes poured an accelerant on the victim’s body and ignited the fire with a cigarette,” the sheriff’s office said.

Officials are not releasing the name of the woman, who was taken to a hospital and was still in critical condition Monday evening.

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[Featured image: Noe Jimenez-Cortes/Broward Sheriff’s Office]