5 Teens ages 13-15 Arrested For Setting Boy On Fire
Michael did not go to school on Monday to avoid the backlash and confrontation or retaliation from the boy, but Detectives learned Michael Brewer went to the Lime Tree Apartments to visit a friend. At the complex, the five suspects approached Brewer with a jar rubbing alcohol and a lighter. When he tried to walk away, police said, 15-year-old Denver Jarvis splashed him with alcohol and Jesus Mendez, also 15, used a lighter to set him ablaze. Police said Brewer jumped into a nearby pool to extinguish the flames and left his burned clothes on the lawn. Police found the jar, which had held the alcohol, and a lighter nearby.
The suspects, who also include Steven Shelton and Matthew Bent, both 15, and 13-year-old Jeremy Jarvis all face charges of aggravated battery. Mendez, who police said actually flicked the lighter, faces charges of attempted second degree murder.
“It was horrific,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Steve Feeley, at the press conference. “This is one of the more horrific crimes that I have been associated with since I’ve been here at BSO. It’s just horrible that these kids would do this to our victim, and the victim is going to carry life-long scars, if he survives.” Police had announced the arrest of three teens earlier. They now said they have all who share responsibility for the attack that left Brewer at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with second degree burns over up to 80 percent of his body. All those charged appeared in court Tuesday afternoon.