- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Miami police have arrested a 73-year-old man for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to burn his neighbor’s trailer home down with eight children and two adults inside, simply because the couple living there were lesbians.

Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva, who lives at the River Park Trailer Park at 2260 Northwest 27th Ave., had apparently been feuding with his neighbors over a long period of time, NBC Miami reported.

Around 4:25 a.m. Saturday, another neighbor’s security system recorded Mr. Valenzuela-Villanueva set fire to a mattress that was leaning against the victims’ trailer, a Miami-Dade Police arrest report said.

The fire consumed the mattress and began to burn the trailer, which had no smoke detectors. The women and children inside were able to escape after being awakened by the neighbor from across the street.

Police said Mr. Valenzuela-Villanueva came out of his home and “casually began observing the fire. In fact one of his neighbors had to compel him to assist bringing a garden hose,” CBS Miami reported.

“[Mr. Valenzuela-Villanuev] stated that he despised the two adult victims for the simple fact that they were lesbians,” the report said. “According to the defendant, every time he saw them kissing he felt a deep repugnance and in his opinion they did not deserve to have children.”

It is not clear if all eight children belonged to the women.

Mr. Valenzuela-Villanuev faces 10 counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson. He also faces a hate crime charge.

He was being held on $230,000 bond Wednesday, NBC said.

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