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Willie Summersett, 29, and Alex Cineas, 21, are being sought in the fiery attack on 44-year-old Darrel Brackett, Miami-Dade Police said Thursday. The victim’s mother Bridgett Brackett, sister Angela Brackett, and Miami-Dade Police spokesman Detective Javier Baez spoke about the case.
Miami-Dade Police have named a pair of suspects they say nearly killed a man when they set him on fire Christmas night.
Willie Summersett, 29, and Alex Cineas, 21, are being sought in the fiery attack on 44-year-old Darrel Brackett, Miami-Dade Police said Thursday. Two other unknown suspects are also being sought.
Police say Brackett was riding in his van with his girlfriend when he ran out of gas in the area of Northwest 49th Street and Northwest 23rd Avenue in Brownsville.
Brackett walked to the U Gas at Northwest 47th Street and Northwest 27th Avenue and was walking back to the van when he was attacked.
"We believe through the investigation that he did use the gas that the victim purchased. He used it to douse him with it and set him on fire," Javier Baez said of Summersett.
Police say witnesses saw Brackett running around screaming and on fire in the middle of the street. He was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center with third-degree burns and remains in extremely critical condition, police said.
"He won't ever be the same because he so used to having a smile on his face and now to see him like this is just painful," said Angela Brackett, the victim's sister.
Summersett, of Miami, has an active arrest warrant for first-degree murder, police said. Cineas and the other suspects were captured on surveillance video and may have information or be involved in the attack, police said.
Baez said Summersett has been convicted 21 times on 33 criminal cases.
Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.