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Mother sets son’s car on fire to free him from its financial burden

By Mason White 1:02 PM January 29, 2015
Lucia Evangelista 

By: Feng Qian
A mother stole her son’s car and set it on fire, police said.

Lucia Evangelista of Palm Beach, Florida, was arrested after destroying her son’s car.

The mother allegedly admitted to setting the car on fire to release her son from the financial burden that was causing him distress, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Evangelista, 53, was arrested on Wednesday. Deputies said that they found the burned car in the 24500 block of State Road 80, near Wellington, and determined that it had been intentionally set on fire.

The next day, the car owner reported it stolen, and police informed him that it has been found destroyed.

The man told police that he returned from Orlando, and noticed that his car was gone, according to the arrest report.

About three weeks later, the man returned to the police station and told deputies that his mother admitted to burning his car.

According to police, Evangelista told deputies that she wanted to ease her son’s financial responsibilities by getting rid of the car.

She told deputies that she doused the car with gasoline and ignited it using a grill lighter. The woman specifically chose the secluded area near the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge “because no one was around,” she said.

Evangelista was charged with arson. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting $3,000 bail.