Suspect Allegedly Beat Elderly Woman While Installing Washer and Dryer
UPDATE: 5:05 pm AUGUST 30th: 911 CALL RELEASED. CLICK HERE.
UPDATE: 5:07pm August 29, 2019: Lechazo is now charged with first degree murder. Updated arrest report is below.
UPDATE: 2:31pm August 29, 2019 — The victim, EVELYN SMITH UDELL, has died, according to police.
UDPATE: 2:21pm August 20, 2019 — STATEMENT RECEIVED FROM BEST BUY. IT FOLLOWS THIS ADVISORY FROM BOCA RATON PD.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Boca Raton Police) — On Monday, August 19, 2019 at approximately 9:15 am, Boca Raton Police and Fire Rescue responded to a home in the Colonnade at Glen Oaks for a medical call. Fire Rescue personnel found an elderly female unconscious and suffering from burns and trauma injuries. The victim was immediately transported to Delray Medical Center.
Boca Raton officers found David Gonzalez, a driver for a delivery provider, on the scene. Gonzalez said that he and his co‐worker, Jorge Luis Dupre Lachazo, delivered a washer and dryer to the victim’s home for Best Buy. At one point during the visit, Gonzalez went outside to make phone calls to the office. Lachazo remained inside of the home to speak with the victim about the new appliances. After hearing screams from the house, Gonzalez entered the home and saw blood and the victim on the floor.
Gonzalez went outside and called 911. Lachazo got into the delivery truck and drove away. A responding Boca Raton police officer saw the truck leaving the neighborhood and stopped it.
During an interview, Lachazo admitted that he struck the victim and doused her with a liquid chemical. Lachazo admitted to using cocaine and marijuana earlier in the day.
Lachazo has been charged with Attempted Second‐Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon on a Person over 65 Years of Age and Arson. The victim is in extremely critical condition. The investigation is ongoing and if you have any information about this case, please contact Det. Scott Hanley at 561‐338‐1344.
STATEMENT FROM BEST BUY:
“One of our customers in the Boca Raton, Florida area was tragically attacked yesterday, suffering extremely serious injuries. We are profoundly sorry and offer our deepest sympathies to our customer and her family. Out of respect for them, we have closed our Boca Raton store today.
Beyond working with law enforcement in any way we can, we have suspended our relationship with the small, local company that was sub-contracted to deliver to the customer’s home. In the hours after we initially learned what happened, we immediately re-visited our delivery and installation programs and, in the coming days, will do two things: 1) ensure all our processes were followed and 2) work with our delivery partners to do anything more we can to help ensure that this type of tragedy will not happen again. Additionally, we are hiring an independent security firm to review our existing screening, audit and safety programs and share with us their assessment on how we can improve.
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. Today, we redouble our efforts to do just that.”
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