Broward County

Woman Arrested, Accused of Fatally Beating and Burning Man in Hollywood

Rossemary Cruz-Buitrago, 48, is charged with first-degree murder for the death of a man found beaten and burned in Hollywood

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Four months after a man’s body was found severely beaten and burned in a Hollywood motel room, a woman has been charged with his murder.

Rossemary Cruz-Buitrago, 48, was arrested Tuesday and was being held without bond in the Broward County Jail.

Rossemary Cruz-Buitrago
Broward Sheriff's Office
Rossemary Cruz-Buitrago

According to court documents, a 911 call was received about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Hollywood Police arrived at the Budget Inn at 2000 North Federal Highway and found the badly beaten and burned body of the victim on the floor of a room.

The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office determined the death was a homicide caused by extensive injuries from “blunt force trauma and burns to the head and body,” according to the arrest warrant.

The name of the victim was redacted from the arrest warrant.

Cruz-Buitrago has been arrested for domestic violence, stalking violence, and criminal traffic incidents dating back to 2006. She has also been the subject of several restraining orders, court records show.

Now she is facing a charge of premeditated first-degree murder.

At her first court appearance Wednesday morning, she wanted to address the court but the judge and public defender advised against it saying anything she said could be used against her.

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