Prosecutor: Man accused of setting girlfriend on fire purchased bus ticket to Mexico


NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A South Florida man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire this week appeared in court Tuesday via Zoom, at which time he was ordered held without bond.

During the hearing, prosecutors said Noe Jimenez-Cortes had purchased a bus ticket to Mexico for Tuesday.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the 4300 block of Northwest 54th Street in North Lauderdale around 4:30 a.m. Monday after the incident.

“All you heard was ‘knock, knock’ through the wall,” neighbor Jamila Navarrete told Local 10 News.

Navarrete said she could hear her neighbor scream for help after she was set on fire.

“She probably could have been banging and trying to open the door, as well,” Navarrete said.

The victim apparently took off down the street when no one answered, and ended up at another neighbor’s home.

The neighbor, identified only as Norma, said the victim was outside her front door, pleading for someone to call the police and saying that she was dying.

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