Early Thursday Morning, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, along with St. Johns County Fire Rescue responded to the Veteran’s Administration Local Office regarding a possible gas leak.
When deputies arrived on scene, they learned that a male subject went to the V.A. Clinic to seek counseling. During a conversation with a staff doctor, the suspect poured gasoline on himself, as well as the doctor and attempted to light a match.
A security guard, who is staffed full time at the offices, learned of the incident, immediately responded and deterred the suspect’s attempts to ignite himself and the physician. The security guard began to evacuate the building as a safety precaution. St. Johns County Fire-Rescue assisted with decontamination measures and hazardous material containment.
Gregorio Iglesias-Cruz, H/M, 02/03/1959, was transported to Flagler Hospital for medical clearance and has since been released. Iglesias-Cruz was subsequently arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery. He was transported to the St. Johns County Jail without incident. There was no reported injury to the physician or the security guard involved in this incident.