Coral Gables woman accused of holding mother, boyfriend hostage to appear in court Tuesday

 

ldixon@MiamiHerald.com

Coral Gables police have released additional details on the incident involving a woman who was arrested by a SWAT team Sunday night for apparently holding her elderly mother and boyfriend hostage in a home for two days.

The woman, Lourdes Rabell, 46, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault on an elderly adult and one count of arson.

Her bond hearing is rescheduled for Tuesday after she appeared before a judge on Monday, said Miami-Dade Corrections spokesman Janelle Hall.

Police said the unidentified victims, Rabell’s mother and her boyfriend, arrived at the Coral Gables police department about 6 p.m., with lacerations and burn marks. Originally, police believed the victims were both of Rabell’s parents.

They told police that they were held hostage in the home on East Sunrise Avenue and that Rabell committed violent acts against them. Sunday evening was the first time they were able to escape the home, the victims said.

Rabell’s mother told police that the incident began Friday night when Rabell became upset and claimed that her boyfriend had “the devil in him” and “was bringing evil into their home,” according to the police report.

The report goes on to say that Rabell apparently sliced her mother under the chin with a box cutter and then stabbed her boyfriend in the back. Rabell then allegedly threw rubbing alcohol at her mother and set the area around her on fire. The woman was burned as she attempted to put out the flames.

The two victims told police they were afraid to leave because Rabell threatened to commit suicide if they tried to leave. She also removed the battery from the home phone so they couldn’t call for help.

The couple said they remained confined to the living room in the home until Sunday evening, when Rabell apparently went into her bedroom, and they managed to get out of the house and drive to the police department.

Officers arrived at the house on Sunday evening and asked the daughter to come out. After she refused to leave the house, a SWAT team was sent in. She was taken into custody without incident and later transported to the Turner Guilford Knight correctional center.

The two victims were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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