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Man allegedly tries to burn lesbian couple and children

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NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man has been arrested after attempting to burn and kill a lesbian couple and their children.

Miami-Dade Police said the scene of the hate crime is a trailer park located at Northwest 27th Avenue and 22nd Street.

Detectives said their neighbor, 73-year-old Braulio Valenzuela intended to burn down the home that belongs to two women, who lived next door, because they are lesbians.

LaTania Dansey is grateful that her girlfriend Norma and their eight children were not hurt from the fire that was set to the home. "I feel good that they are OK, and we're OK too," said Dansey.

Security cameras show Valenzuela exiting his home around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. In the video, he disappears behind Dansey's home, and moments later, the video shows a globe of fire.

Detective said that while out of the camera's sight, Valenzuela set ablaze a mattress that was right outside Dansey's trailer. "I saw flashing light. Then I heard crackling," said Dansey.

The flames were extinguished before they could burn down Dansey's home.

Police believe Valenzuela set the fire because he was disgusted by Dansey's lesbian relationship.

Valenzuela never admitted to sparking the fire, but he did confess that he hates seeing the two female neighbors kiss and does not think they deserve to have children.

The children and their two mothers admitted that they are scared by the fire.

Valenzuela remains in jail. He is being held on a $230,000 bond. He faces ten counts of attempted second-degree murder, one for Dansey, one for her girlfriend, and one for each of their eight children. He also faces one count of arson.

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