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Oscar Cairo Threw Molotov Cocktail Into Neighbor's Apartment Over $5 Debt, According To Police

Oscar Cairo

First Posted: 06/29/2011 8:56 am Updated: 11/15/2011 5:09 am

A Florida man torched his neighbor's apartment over a $5 debt, according to police.

Oscar Cairo faces a possible life sentence for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail through a disabled man's bedroom window while the victim was home with his sister and her two children.

Miami police believe a firebomb sparked the blaze that ripped through Dominique Hunt's Coconut Grove residence and the apartment building itself, displacing about 100 tenants on June 26, according to NBC Miami.

Hunt had reportedly loaned Cairo $5 earlier that day. But when Hunt later saw the suspect counting a wad of cash, he asked for his money back and grabbed his cash from the 38-year-old's hands.

Cairo -- who has been charged with four counts of attempted murder, aggravated battery and throwing a deadly missile -- allegedly retaliated by throwing the Molotov cocktail through Hunt's bedroom window.

"I just seen him lighting it," Hunt told WSVN. "When he lit it, it was like he threw a ball of fire through my window."

No one was injured in the blaze. Other residents of the building have been permitted to return to their apartments, but Hunt's unit remains uninhabitable.

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