A brutal attack has been committed against a pregnant woman in the South Florida city of Hialeah, where a violent criminal set her on fire in front of her children before fleeing the scene where police are now engaged in a nationwide manhunt.
The Hialeah Police Department spokesman Carl Zogby had a personal message for Noel Grullon which he released to the public saying it's only a matter of time before the man accused of setting his pregnant girlfriend on fire is found.
"He's been lucky for about a day and a half, but his luck is going to run out," Zogby said.
The victim, Allyson Rivera, who is pregnant, told police detectives that she and 32 year old Grullon dated for around six months before ending their relationship earlier this week.
She claims that the next morning, Grullon was violently angry. He started pulling the drawers out of the kitchen cabinets and throwing them on the floor, busting them, according to a police report.
Allyson Rivera claims her two daughters who are ages 1 and 4 were sleeping in the apartment while Grullon went on his rampage of violence, waking them both up.
The 27 year old mother of two and soon to be three asked him to stop so he wouldn't wake up the girls and pushed him out of the apartment.
She later told police officers that Grullon came back with a canister of gasoline and a lighter, poured it over her body and set her on fire.
"We're lighting a fire on him now," Zogby said.
Police said Grullon also smashed Rivera's cellphone into pieces, so that she couldn't call 911. Detectives believe he fled in a 2007 model black Ford F150 pickup truck with Florida license plate HVD-E62.
"He's got no place to run," Zogby said.
Allyson Rivera said that she ran to the shower to extinguish the flames while in excruciating pain, grabbed her children and drove to a friend's house in terror and agony.
Her friend immediately rushed her to the hospital, where she still remains admitted undergoing intense treatment for the incredibly painful second-degree burns.
Police investigators say that they didn't find out about the attack until Rivera was already in the hospital and a social worker from the facility reported the domestic violence incident.
Noel Grullon is currently wanted on a felony charge of aggravated battery, and police day there could be many more charges in the future.
Detectives from the Hialeah Police Department are asking anyone with information on Grullon’s whereabouts to call 305-687-2525 or contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.