Man Charged With Setting Wife, Son on Fire Moved to Jail

Posted at 6:02 AM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 01:04:35-05

PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a central Florida man accused of fatally setting fire to his estranged wife and adult son has recovered from his own burns enough to be moved to jail.

Florida Today ( reports that 64-year-old Edgard Fuentes was transferred Wednesday from Orlando Regional Medical Center to the Brevard County jail. He had been treated for severe, life-threatening burns from the Jan. 12 blaze.

Palm Bay police say Fuentes went to the home early that morning and poured gasoline throughout the house and started a fire that seriously burned 61-year-old Daisy Tapia and 32-year-old Erik Montes. Tapia and Montes were taken to a hospital, where they both died.

Police say Fuentes was later arrested at a nearby rest stop on Interstate 95.

Fuentes faces murder, arson and burglary charges. Jail records didn't list an attorney.


Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.),

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