Broward County

Man set woman on fire in a shopping center lot, police say


Noel Garcia De Armas
Noel Garcia De Armas

Plantation police have arrested a man accused of setting a woman on fire on Monday morning.

Officers took 47-year-old Noel Garcia De Armas into custody around noon Monday after searching for him during the morning.

According to investigators, De Armas and the woman were involved in a domestic dispute at a parking lot of a shopping center at Northwest 70th Avenue and Broward Boulevard.

At some point, police said, he poured gasoline on the woman and set her on fire before driving off in a white Ford F-350 dually Super Crew cab pickup truck.

Rescue crews took the woman to a nearby hospital as a trauma alert with burns over a large portion of her body. She was listed in critical condition.

Authorities have not released the identity of the woman or her relation, if any, to De Armas.

Investigators said De Armas may have been trying to get out of the country.