Caracas, February 12, 2018 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Five Venezuelan migrants were injured last week in a pair of early morning arson attacks in Boa Vista, Brazilian authorities report.
Last Monday, a Venezuelan couple was victim of a Molotov cocktail hurled at the porch where they were sleeping in the early morning hours, as revealed by security camera footage released by Brazil’s Civil Police. The woman received medical attention after suffering severe burns on her neck and chest.
In a separate incident, a shed housing approximately thirty Venezuelan migrants was reportedly doused in gasoline and set alight.
While only one room caught fire, a couple and their four-year-old daughter were injured, with the mother and daughter suffering second-degree burns on large parts of their bodies. All three remain hospitalized, but are no longer in critical condition.
Both attacks took place in the downtown neighborhood of Macejana.
The suspect is a Guyanese immigrant by the name of Gorden Fowler, who was detained by authorities on Saturday. Fowler, who reportedly arrived in Brazil in December, is currently homeless, undocumented, and speaks minimal Portuguese.