News reports last week shot around the world -- from the Chicago Tribune to MSNBC to El Mercurio of Santiago, Chile. A spurned boyfriend had plowed his motorcycle through the doorway of a Little Havana jewelry shop, barricaded himself inside, and stuffed a flaming rag into the gas tank. After a SWAT team arrived, he threatened to burn the store down and kill himself.
What everybody seems to have missed, though, is that 39-year-old Jaime Tojeiro is a dirtbag. The guy has been accused of 12 felonies and a handful of other crimes in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Highlands counties. Three of the felonies involved beating up his exes. One of the women was pregnant.
Cuban-born Tojerio was first busted in 1989 for grand theft and
assaulting a cop. He got a year in jail. Once freed, he was accused of
stealing a car and burglary. Those charges were dropped. Then he lost
his drivers license.
In May 1995, cops nailed Tojeiro for
wailing on an ex-girlfriend of six years who was also mother of his two
children. According to a police report he "beat [her] about her face,
mouth and stomach with his fist," behind a medical building near the
27th Avenue Metrorail station. Then he took her purse with $300.
A year and a half later, while awaiting trial, he came home from his job
managing a NW 27th Avenue car wash. His then-girlfriend, who was
pregnant, told him to take a shower before bed. Furious, he wanted to
leave. She wouldn't give up the keys. After all, he didn't have a
driver's license. He ripped the phone from the wall, put her in a chokehold,
beat her bloody, and took the keys. Cops collared him the next day when
he returned home. His new and improved jail time: seven years.
Details of last week's motorcycle madness at El Sol de Miami Joyeria on SW Eighth
Street at 34th Avenue are vague. Cops said only that the store
belonged to his girlfriend. Sebastian Arias, an employee of El Gallego
Afilador next door, added, "I've heard them argue a lot before; it's
nothing new. The wall between our stores is very thin."
Police also reported that after the tumultuous relationship ended, Tojeiro
tried to light the store on fire at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The SWAT team
convinced him he had a reason to live and save the store. He now faces
one count of attempted arson. Needless to say, the other felonies on
his sheet definitely beat this insanity.
Maybe Shannen Doherty should have handled this breakup and the poor felon could have salvaged his reputation... Eh, probably not.
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