Police identify 2 suspects in fire attack
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have identified two men suspected of setting a 44-year-old man on fire Christmas night.
The family has been left heartbroken about the attack on Darrell Brackett. Angela Brackett, the victim's sister, said, "He won't be the same, a happy person, a cheerful person. It's going to take a long time to get to where he wanted to be."
Police have identified the two men as Willie Summersett, 29, and Alex Cineas, 21. According to officials, Summersett has an active arrest warrant for attempted first degree murder.
On Dec. 25, the victim walked to a gas station along Northwest 27th Avenue and 47th Street when his car ran out of gas. After filling up a portable container with gas, three men allegedly chased him to the median, where they doused Brackett in gas and set him on fire. Brackett suffered severe burns on 75 percent of his body, from his head to his thighs.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Javier Baez noted that Summersett has an extensive criminal history. "Yet he still walks our streets. He still commits crimes. He still endangers our community. He is obviously someone who is very aggressive."
Police are also currently looking for two other subjects who were caught on video surveillance. The two subjects may have information and/or may be involved in the incident. Police are calling this a case of possible attempted murder.
Bridgette Brackett, the victim's mother, said, "To set a person on fire, you'd have to be a really inhumane person, you know? They have no conscience. That's all I can say. I can't imagine how anybody could do that to someone. I don't care who it is. It's unbelievable."
Brackett remains hospitalized. Though he is listed in serious condition, doctors have said he is improving. The mother of the victim said, "I forgive the people who done this. I have no animosity because in the long run, they will be brought to justice, and they will have to answer to what they have done."
According to police, one of the suspects injured in this case was hurt and went to the hospital for treatment.
If you have any information on this crime or the named suspects, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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