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Miami-Dade police: Sex offender tried to burn trailer because he despises lesbian couple

BY CHARLES RABIN AND MARIA PEREZ
CRABIN@MIAMIHERALD.COM

Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva is a registered sex offender who lives in the River Park Trailer Court. In the trailer next door live two women and eight children.

Early Saturday morning, the combustible living arrangement exploded and ended with the arrest of Valenzuela-Villanueva. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder, arson and a hate crime.

Miami-Dade police say a video camera caught Valenzuela-Villanueva setting fire to a mattress that was leaning against the women’s trailer.

Though no one was injured, the family had to be rousted from bed by neighbors who were awakened by the smoke. Police said Valenzuela-Villanueva and his neighbors had an “ongoing feud.”

“Although he did not admit setting the fire, he stated that he despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians,” according to the arrest affidavit. “According to the defendant, every time he saw them kissing he felt a deep repugnance and in his opinion, they did not deserve children.”

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