A Hialeah man who lit his pregnant girlfriend on fire the day after they decided to end their relationship is on the loose, police said.
Noel Grullon, 32, and Allyson Rivera had been dating for six months, police said, before they decided to break up Wednesday night. Early the next morning, Rivera, 27, told police they started fighting over a pack of cigarettes.
She walked outside their apartment, in the 400 block of Southeast Second Street, but stepped back inside when she heard Grullon “pulling the drawers off the cabinets and throwing them on the floor,” according to the Hialeah police report.
Rivera told police she shoved Grullon out of the room because he was waking up her children, ages 1 and 4. He returned with a black canister of gasoline and poured it over her, then took out a lighter and set her on fire, she said.
Rivera screamed and ran to the shower to extinguish the flames. She grabbed her children and ran outside, where police said Grullon smashed her cellphone on the ground.
Rivera put her children in the car and fled to a friend’s house. The friend took her to the hospital, where a social worker called police.
Hialeah police are looking for Grullon, who also goes by Noel Castro. He left the apartment in a 2007 black Ford F-150 STX extended cab with the Florida tag HVD-E62.
Recently, another South Florida man was jailed on charges of burning his significant other. Everton Harrison, 62, was arrested and charged with pouring boiling water on his wife of 27 years.
Instead of taking her to the hospital afterward, police said, he drove around for almost two hours and dropped her off at home again.
Anyone with information should call Hialeah police at 305-687-2525 or Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which is available 24/7: 800-799-7233.