BOCA RATON, FL — A Best Buy delivery man in Florida has been accused of attacking an elderly customer and starting a fire that caused burns to the woman’s body after delivering the woman’s new washer and dryer. The woman later died from her injuries.
Twenty-one-year-old Jorge Luis Lachazo was taken into custody after being stopped by a Boca Raton police officer as he attempted to leave the neighborhood, according to Boca Raton police.
“During an interview, Lachazo admitted that he struck the victim and doused her with a liquid chemical,” Boca Raton police said. “Lachazo admitted to using cocaine and marijuana earlier in the day.”
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Best Buy CEO Corie Barry released a statement saying that the chain closed its Boca Raton store on Tuesday out of respect for the woman who was killed.
“We are profoundly sorry and offer our deepest sympathies to her family,” Barry said in the statement. “Beyond working with law enforcement in any way we can, we have suspended our relationship with the small, local company that was subcontracted to deliver to the customer’s home.”
Barry said the chain will also ensure all delivery and installation processes were followed and work with “our delivery partners to do anything more we can to help ensure that this type of tragedy will not happen again.”
Best Buy is hiring an independent security firm to review the chain’s existing screening, audit and safety programs. The security firm will make recommendations on possible improvements.
“For more than 20 years, millions of Americans have trusted us to come into their homes and, on days like this, I am fully aware of how precious that trust is and how vital it is that we do everything in our power to earn it,” Barry added. “Today, we redouble our efforts to do just that.”
The incident occurred around 9:15 a.m. on Monday at the woman’s home in the Colonnade at Glen Oaks.
David Gonzalez, who was working with Lachazo at the time, told police that he stepped outside of the woman’s home to call the office.
“Lachazo remained inside of the home to speak with the victim about the new appliances,” according to Boca Raton police. “After hearing screams from the house, Gonzalez entered the home and saw blood and the victim on the floor.”
Police said Gonzalez went back outside and called 9-1-1.
“Lachazo got into the delivery truck and drove away,” Boca Raton police explained.
The woman was not immediately identified by police. She was taken to Delray Medical Center suffering from burns and trauma injuries.
Lachazo was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson and armed burglary with battery, according to the Boca Raton Police.
To report a tip call Detective Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344.