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Ex-employee accused of setting fire to Miami-Dade warehouse and causing $1million in damage

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – A former furniture warehouse employee in northwest Miami-Dade County is charged with arson and burglary after investigators said he set fire to the business multiple times after resigning. Damage caused by the fire totals more than $1 million, according to Miami-Dade Police.

Miami-Dade police officers arrested 43-year-old Yolexy Medina outside a home at 8315 NW 32nd Ave. Wednesday, based on a tip he was staying with someone in the area.

According to a police report, Medina worked as a carpenter at Grafton Furniture at 3401 NW 71st St. and was allowed to live in the shop until he was fired in April 2022 after failing to show up for work. The report also said he had an affair with a co-worker during business hours.

On May 13, 2022, Medina and the business owner allegedly had an argument via text message over a folder Medina allegedly left at the business, which escalated to Medina threatening to call the police.

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Just after 4 a.m. on May 14, a neighboring business owner reported the smell of smoke and also saw smoke pouring from the warehouse.

Fire investigators determined that at least four fires had started in the warehouse and in a van.

Police said they reviewed CCTV footage both inside and outside the camp and identified Medina as a suspect. Medina was seen holding a folder under his left arm and an unidentified bottle in his left hand.

Medina’s file was reportedly the only thing missing from the company’s accounting office filing drawer that remained intact.

Police said Medina told them he was angry that his former boss didn’t give him the folder because it contained his immigration documents. They said that while Medina admitted owning a hat similar to the one seen during surveillance, he denied any involvement.

Medina was transferred to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

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