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53-Year-Old Man Tries to Set Himself and Doctors on Fire at St. Augustine VA Clinic

| March 1, 2012

The scene at the VA clinic this morning. (© Robert Kilroy)

Gregorio Iglesias-Cruz, 53, is in jail in St. Johns County today after reportedly walking into a VA clinic in St. Augustine and attempting to set himself and a doctor he was speaking with on fire.

The incident took place early Thursday morning. According to a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office report, Iglesias-Cruz went to the V.A. Clinic at 1955 U.S. 1 South to seek counseling. During a conversation with a staff doctor, he poured gasoline on himself and the doctor and attempted to light a match. A security guard intervened and stopped Iglesias-Cruz from going further. The security guard then evacuated the building as a safety precaution.

St. Johns County Fire-Rescue assisted with decontamination measures and hazardous material containment. Iglesias-Cruz was transported to Flagler Hospital for medical clearance then arrested and charged with aggravated battery. The sheriff’s office originally responded to the incident as a possible gas leak.

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3 Responses for “53-Year-Old Man Tries to Set Himself and Doctors on Fire at St. Augustine VA Clinic”

  1. Jojo says:

    Why not Baker Act this vet rather than arrest him? Obviously the man has mental issues?

  2. palmcoaster says:

    Mental health no longer treated for free among us. They set them loose or send them to jail. We need those $$$ for foreign aid and those perennial wars.

  3. Ben Dover says:

    Yeah our government sends them over to foreign countries to to witness and commit the horrors of war, screw their heads up real good , then toss them in jail when they get back here , and thats if their lucky enough to have not murdered their families first, good ole George Bush extended their tours to make sure they really got screwed up but good, then cut all their medical benefits, he`s the one that should of been impeached and tossed in jail, him and his trigger happy side kick that like to shoot people in the face

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