Delivery man charged with fatally beating, burning 75-year-old Boca woman

The Palm Beach Post | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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The appliance chain that sold the woman a washer and dryer said it closed its Boca Raton-area store ‘out of respect’ for the victim and also indefinitely suspended its ties to the delivery firm.

A 75-year-old Boca Raton woman died Tuesday afternoon after an appliance delivery man admitted to beating her Monday with a wooden mallet and dousing her with a chemical which then caught fire, burning most of her body, city police said.

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A Boca Raton police report identified the woman as Evelyn Smith Udell. Her husband did not return a call placed Tuesday to his business.

Authorities booked Jorge Dupre Lachazo, 21, of Hialeah at the Palm Beach County Jail early Tuesday. In court a few hours later, a judge ordered that he be held without bail.

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Dupre Lachazo is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson and armed burglary with battery. Authorities raised those charges from attempted second-degree murder after Udell died.

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The woman was taken to the intensive care unit at Delray Medical Center with skull and face fractures, a brain bleed and second- and third-degree burns on more than half of her body following the attack Monday morning, a Boca Raton police report said.

Best Buy, whose appliances the alleged attacker was delivering, closed its store west of Boca Raton on Tuesday “out of respect” for the victim, and also “indefinitely” suspended its relationship with the delivery company, the company said.

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The Minnesota-based company also said an incident like this one never had happened in the company’s 53-year history and that it was launching a full review of how it screens and oversees its delivery contractors.

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